The cost-saving tactic of bundling federal contracts into fewer, larger awards has hurt small businesses despite measures designed to mitigate the impact of this strategy, some say. Legislation requires agencies to evaluate how such consolidation might affect small businesses, but this requirement is reportedly often ignored. "I just don’t feel like there’s been any real progress in this area, and arguably, with contract consolidation being more aggressively pursued, it’s becoming an even bigger problem now," said Robert Burton, a federal procurement attorney.

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