Rewind: Digging through the WT archives

DoD set-aside program vexes small business

Congress put teeth in an obscure section of the National Defense Authorization Act, boosting the percentage of Defense Department dollars available to small disadvantaged business by biting off a chunk of the contract-set-aside pie normally reserved for regular small business.

Hard to believe this story is more than 15 years old.

White House, SBA feud over small business dollars

The head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy within the White House is resisting a recommendation by the Small Business Administration to increase the small business share of federal contracts from almost 21 percent to 25 percent.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, introduced legislation July 18, 2002, that would increase the small business goal from 23 percent of all federal prime contracts to 30 percent.

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