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E-P-L-S: Four Letters That Mean Your Day (or Fiscal Year) Is Not Starting Well.

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Saturday, October 02, 2010
E-P-L-S: Four Letters That Mean Your Day (or Fiscal Year)
Is Not Starting Well.

Allegations GTSI improperly gained access to small business contracts has them starting FY2011 on the sideline due to suspension from government contracting prompted by SBA.

So I was all set to blog about relationships, research and intelligence, the topic I'll speak on this Wednesday afternoon to the SBDC Veterans Roundtable, but alas, my attention was drawn to what is quite literally breaking news.

In this case, it's potentially back-breaking news depending on the outcome of the Government's investigation.
It all centers around an entry made by the Government in the Excluded Parties List System.

This blog entry is not so much about GTSI being barred from government contracting last Friday by the U.S. Small Business Administration, being called to the carpet by a DHS official for forgetting they were not the prime on FirstSource (a contract vehicle awarded to small businesses), or for their apparent less than honorable intentions after DHS called them out on their behavior related to the FirstSource contract. Actually, this is more about "Finally!" and "Who's Next?!?!" since the alleged infractions are nothing new and it's pretty common knowledge this happens, often.

It's satisfying when an apparent "bad guy" is caught with his hand in the cookie jar and the hope is the tough new language included in the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, specifically the presumption of stealing from the government if a company misrepresents itself as a small business, is leveraged and enforced, often. The section of this new bill related to fraud seems likely to be part of SBA's case for suspending GTSI given the information in GTSI's internal email "First Source Customer Communications and Representation" that was attached to the Washington Post article last Friday.

I applaud SBA for taking this step and for hopefully sending a message to the community and other "bad guys."

We can only hope.


Guy Timberlake
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Tags:  debarred  EPLS  fraud  GTSI  Small Business  small business jobs and credit act 

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