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U.S. government's small business procurement goal achievement
is under attack: Are the criticisms valid?

By Alice Lipowicz, editor, Set-Aside Alert

      The Obama Administration recently announced it had reached 24.99% in small business procurement, exceeding the government’s 23% goal for the second year in a row. But instead of cheers, they got jeers.

      The Small Business Administration’s celebratory news was met with a stunningly negative response in some quarters.

      “The SBA is robbing small businesses,” Rep. Steve Chabot, R-OH, who chairs the House Small Business Committee, said in his official statement in response to the announcement. “The reason Congress asks for these numbers is so we can use them, not so that the Administration can pat itself on the back once a year.”

      Chabot, who objects to the SBA’s accounting methods, was not the only critic this year....

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