The Effectiveness of United States Coast Guard Participation in the Department of Transportation 8(a) Pilot Program.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Section 8a of the Small Business Act authorizes the Small Business Administration SBA to engage in procurement contracts with federal agencies for the purpose of subcontracting to small business firms on a non-competitive basis. This authority exists to assist socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses in establishing a competitive position within the financial marketplace. From 1983 to 1985, the Department of Transportation DOT participated in an experimental 8a program known as the 8a pilot program. This program attempted to develop procurement opportunities for 8a firms in new areas which involved high-technology or large dollar values over 1 million. This thesis attempts to evaluate the effectiveness of U.S. Coast Guard participation in the DOT 8a pilot program. Specifically, it evaluates to what degree Coast Guard procurements within the 8a pilot program achieved overall program objectives.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies