Small Business Set-Asides: Is DoD Getting its Money's Worth?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Small Business Procurement Assistance Programs had their genesis in World War II. The set-aside program was designated as a major federal procurement practice in promoting small business participation. In Fiscal Year 1987, federal spending for goods and services from the small business sector totaled 197.3 billion or one-fifth total federal outlays. However, inequalities in the distribution of large federal outlays during the eighties provided the basis for congressional reforms. The Business Development Reform Act of 1988 was aimed at strengthening the set-aside program. This paper examines the major events that influenced the congressional action and proposes several initiatives to enhance a declining defense industrial base through small business participation.
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