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“BIG FISH, little pond”

This post will start with a definition of key terms used throughout.  They are as follows:

“BIG FISH” = large business

“little pond” = small business and the 23% of federal contract awards 

There are far too many “BIG FISH” swimming, hunting and feeding in our “little pond!” Everybody seems to know it, but no one in power really wants to do anything about it.  No one wants to change it and fix it.  Perhaps no one has the incentive to change it.  What is the reason for not taking real, substantial, substantive measures to identify and severely punish ALL violators?  We all have our differing opinions about that question. 

So, if we have “BIG FISH” feeding in the “little pond,” are we really getting 23% of ALL federal contract dollars coming to our small business community?  Of course not!  Looks like we have to continue to fight for everything we get, even things and opportunities promised to us in the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997.  

Don’t get so caught up in the ruse of fighting this national tragedy and this national disgrace of the “BIG FISH” feeding in the “little pond”.  Otherwise, we will end up fighting each other over a larger piece of that juvenile 23% of federal contract dollars promised in statute to the small business community. 

 

See you on the high ground!

 

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Verification, Law of the Land?

The “Small Business Contracting Fraud Prevention Act of 2011” (S.633) was passed by the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship with unanimous consent on September 21.  The bill mandates that all federal agencies verify SDVOSB status through the Veterans Affairs VetBiz database of certified SDVOSB.  All federal Contracting Officers would verify SDVOSB status of businesses that bid on government contracts before contracts are awarded. 

With this legislation and Veteran Affairs ratcheting up the verification requirements and completely scrubbing the VIP database, things should start to look better for VOSBs and SDVOSBs.  More contract awards should begin to flow to legitimate businesses owned and controlled by Veterans and Service-Disabled Veterans.  If and or when this Act becomes law, will it eliminate ALL the fraud in our program – of course not.  Is it a step in the right direction – of course it is. 

At this point, the best we can do is comply with the requirements placed on us, continue to police ourselves and observe what the real impact of this legislation will be. 

 

See you on the high ground!

 

 

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