Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development program

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

A recent audit of about two dozen firms in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development program found that 80% of those firms were ineligible to be in the program.

“We found that 20 of 25 firms we reviewed should have been removed from the 8(a) program,” the SBA’s inspector general wrote in the audit.

Those ineligible firms received $127 million in new 8(a) set-aside contracts in fiscal 2017, at the expense of eligible disadvantaged firms, the report said.

The inspector general’s office reviewed the 15 individually-owned 8(a) companies that received the largest 8(a) set-aside contracts in fiscal 2016, totaling $461 million. The IG also reviewed 10 8(a) companies that had been previously flagged for possible ineligibility.

Overall, the auditors found that the SBA in fiscal 2016 and 2017 was slow to identify ineligible firms in the 8(a) program, and when it did identify such a firm, it did not always remove them from the program.

From SAA 9/28/18

AT&T, Microsoft Win $121.7M Air Force Prototype IT Deals

Friday, September 28th, 2018

The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded a pair of Other Transaction Authority prototyping deals collectively worth $121.7 million to AT&T and Microsoft that are intended to help the Air Force experiment with enterprise information technology as service capabilities.

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Boeing Wins $9.2B Air Force Deal For Training Aircraft

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Boeing has won a lucrative $9.2 billion deal to supply the U.S. Air Force with hundreds of T-X trainer jets to replace its aging fleet of T-38C Talon aircraft, the Air Force announced Thursday.

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