Administration draws fire for blocking set-asides.
Advocates for women and minority-owned businesses attacked the Bush administration's decisions to reject set-asides for small disadvantaged businesses and to delay a set-aside program for women-owned firms.
At a roundtable session of the Senate Small Business Committee June 19, one participant asked Angela Styles, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, whether the administration opposes set-aside programs.
"There is not an administration policy against set-asides," she replied.
Barbara Kasoff, vice president of Women Impacting Public Policy, said. "Eighty percent of our constituents are not only passionately angry about this, but also are in despair."
In prepared testimony Prepared testimony is a form of testimony which is presented in the form of a verbal or even written speech or article. It should be attested as true by the author(s), or given under oath. Typically it is given to a large body or organization. , she added, "We believe the SBA SBA
Small Business Administration
Noun 1. SBA - an independent agency of the United States government that protects the interests of small businesses and ensures that they receive a fair share of government is stonewalling stone·wall
v. stone·walled, stone·wall·ing, stone·walls
a. the implementation of the Women's Procurement Program for unexplainable reasons."
SBA said this spring that it will re-do a congressionally mandated study of federal contracting with women-owned businesses, because the first study failed to prove that women have been victims of discrimination. SBA concluded that the set-aside program would be vulnerable to legal challenge under the Supreme Court's 1995 Adarand decision limiting affirmative action affirmative action, in the United States, programs to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women. programs.
"We found a disparity" between the number of women-owned businesses and the proportion of federal contracts they receive, said Fred Armendariz, SBA associate deputy administrator for government contracting and business development, in an interview. "We just weren't able to tie that disparity conclusively to a gender issue."
Kasoff called the explanation "poppycock pop·py·cock
Senseless talk; nonsense.
[Dutch dialectal pappekak : pap, pap (from Middle Dutch pappe, perhaps from Latin pappa, food) + kak, ."
She also said SBA has so far refused to release the original study and has given no timetable for completing the new study.
Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) declared. "The administration's delay in implementing...the women's business procurement program has played a key role in keeping women out of the federal marketplace."
Congress in 2000 established a set-aside program for women-owned firms in industries where those firms are "underrepresented un·der·rep·re·sent·ed
Insufficiently or inadequately represented: the underrepresented minority groups, ignored by the government. " or "substantially underrepresented" in federal contracting. The SBA study was intended to identify the industries that would be eligible.
SBA Administrator Hector Barreto also cited the Adarand decision last month when he declared that set-asides for small disadvantaged businesses are "unnecessary. In a letter to Sens. Kerry and Kit Bond (R-MO), he pointed out that contract dollars going to SDBs outside the 8(a) program nearly doubled from 1995 to 2001 and suggested that the courts might strike down SDB (Switched Digital Broadcast) See switched video. set-asides. (SAA (Systems Application Architecture) A set of interfaces designed to cross all IBM platforms from PC to mainframe. Introduced by IBM in 1987, SAA includes the Common User Access (CUA), the Common Programming Interface for Communications (CPI-C) and Common Communications , 6/14)
"These people want litigation-proof" programs, said Henry Wilfong Jr., president of the National Association of SDBs. "We're going to have to start thinking about getting our members to start litigating."
"I don't like to sue." he told the Senate roundtable. 'but I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what else to do when I'm being denied."
Armendariz said SBA is working to improve the much-criticized certification program for SDBs. "A state-of-the-art, e-capable process should be launched in the next 12 months." he said.
"SDB certification has been a disaster." said John Turner of the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund.
"I wholeheartedly whole·heart·ed
Marked by unconditional commitment, unstinting devotion, or unreserved enthusiasm: wholehearted approval.
whole agree with you. Armendariz said. After joining SBA last summer, he said. "the first task force I set up. the very first one. was to address the application process.