Scrutiny for 8(a) sole-source follow-on contract awards between subsidiaries of same ANC

“….. SBA’s ability to enforce its regulation prohibiting subsidiaries owned by the same ANC from operating in the same primary line of business as reported to SBA is hindered by limited tracking and sharing of information across SBA’s 68 district offices.”


Oversight Weaknesses Continue to Limit SBA’s Ability to Monitor Compliance with 8(a) Program Requirements

GAO-16-113: Published: Mar 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2016.

What GAO Found

GAO has reported in the past that the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) ability to enforce regulations prohibiting the award of follow-on, sole-source contracts to 8(a) subsidiary firms of the same Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) relies on contract information from other federal agencies that is sometimes incomplete. SBA’s regulations prohibit program participants from receiving an 8(a) sole-source contract that immediately follows another 8(a) contract with the same requirements performed by another participant owned by the same ANC.  Read the whole report on GAO’s Website…


Going Into Business? SBA’s Chris James Is Here to Help

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Chris James, associate administrator for the Small Business Administration’s Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA), is in the business of making sure American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians have the tools, products and services they need to become successful entrepreneurs.

“ONAA is a gateway for all of the SBA’s entrepreneurial development, lending and procurement programs” in Indian country, says James, and his office wants to talk to you if you are interested in creating, developing or expanding a small business.