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TABLE: A Reluctant Helping Hand
You'd think President Clinton's recent order that federal agencies give at
least 5% of their work to small and disadvantaged businesses would be good
news for the small and disadvantaged. Well, the Departments of State and Labor
already have 5% goals, and they do a lousy job meeting them. In 1999, the
Small Business Administration contracted 7.5% of its work with qualifying
companies. Too bad SBA's goal was 8%.
Now that federal agencies have to contract 5% of their work to small
disadvantaged businesses, who will make the grade?
AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 10.6%
TREASURY DEPT. 7.8
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 7.5
COMMERCE DEPT. 6.9
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION 6.5
HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT 2.9%
LABOR DEPT. 2.5
STATE DEPT. 2.1
OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT 0.6
DATA: FAILING TO MEET THE GRADE, OFFICE OF REPRESENTATIVE NYDIA VELAZQUEZ
Edited by Kimberly Weisul