Expert: Issues meeting small-business goals stem from where contracts written, awarded

The exclusion of data from certain contracts and government agencies has pushed the Small Business Administration closer to meeting its 23% annual contracting goal, according to this article. Small businesses aren't eligible for about 20% of all federal contracts, the SBA has determined. Critics point out that work for the CIA, the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration also is excluded. "They are simply not following the letter of the law," said Charles Tiefer of the University of Baltimore Law School. "It states 23% of all contracts, and there is no reason to think Congress wanted some of these exclusions."

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