Washington Post Finds SBA Has Fabricated Contracting Data for Years
The Washington Post is finally coming around to the fact that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has been falsifying and fabricating the volume and percentage of federal contracts that have been awarded to small businesses for several years.
While I like Washington Post reporter J.D. Harrison’s story, there are a couple of points they are still missing. The Washington Post story has a fascinating paragraph in it.
Once every year, the U.S. Small Business Administration pulls data from a federal database managed by the General Services Administration and issues a report indicating what percentage of eligible government contracting dollars went to small businesses during the previous year. By law, federal agencies are collectively supposed to commit 23 percent of all prime contracting dollars to small businesses.
It seems to me the first sentence and the second sentence seems to contradict one another. The first sentence says, “percentage of eligible government contracting dollars.” The second sentence says, “23 percent of all prime contracting dollars.”
The second sentence is correct. Federal law clearly states a minimum of 23% of all federal contracts shall be awarded to small businesses. The “percentage of eligible government contracting dollars” is just something the GSA and the SBA made up out of thin air to falsify, fabricate, misrepresent and inflate the actual percentage of federal contracts that were awarded to small businesses. If you disagree, show me where it says anywhere in the Small Business Act about the “percentage of eligible government contracting dollars.”
I’m saying the SBA, as an agency, and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet are both blatant liars. Put me in my place, shut me up and show us where the Small Business Act mentions anything about “percentage of eligible government contracting dollars”. You can’t because it’s not in there; the GSA and SBA just made it up.
The other aspect of this story the Washington Post missed is the $83 billion the SBA claimed went to small businesses. Billions of dollars actually went to Fortune 500 firms, their subsidiaries and thousands of large businesses around the world. Here is my second challenge to anyone that wants to take me on and shut me up. Show me the sections of the Small Business Act that allows for Fortune 500 firms or their subsidiaries to qualify as small businesses.
Lets try something new. If anyone wants to challenge my facts, do it out in the open using your real name and where your work. Lets skip the sock puppets in the SBA Press Office, NSA, Naval War College and the PR firms the government has hired to masquerade as private citizens hiding behind one of your many usernames.
My name is Lloyd Chapman. I’m the President and founder of the American Small Business League. My email is Lchapman@ASBL.com and by phone number is 707-789-9575. If you want to challenge me, don’t hide behind a user name, don’t be ashamed of who you are or what you do, just be honest and do it using your real identity just like I do.
Anyway I’m just glad to have J.D. Harrison and the Washington Post finally join the real world and begin to report the truth that the SBA has been lying about the percentage and volume of federal contracts that actually go to small business for years.
I have been saying that since 2002. I guess that means the Washington Post has now joined the ranks of conspiracy nuts just like me. Well just like me and NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, CNBC, RTTV, MSNBC, dozens of the largest newspapers in America, the Government Accountability Office and the SBA Office of Inspector General. Oh, I forgot to mention Professor Charles Tiefer, one of the nation’s leading experts on federal contracting law. He is actually one of the original members.
Anyway welcome to the club Washington Post. It’s about time. We can use your help.
Should I include those 38 journalistic organizations that sent President Obama a letter last month asking him to stop “political-driven censorship of the news”? I think I should. I wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings.
I think we will call the group the NAOCNTTOHCSBOOT. I’m not exactly sure how to pronounce that but it stands for, the National Association Of Conspiracy Nuts That Think Obama Has Cheated Small Businesses Out Of Trillions.
We’ll have the first meeting at my house.