Another entry about the ANC program that I'm certain will prompt more fan mail for me from the ANC community.
Once again I preface my comments by saying I agree there should be some preference in government contracting that helps Alaska Native Corporations provide developmental support to Native Alaskans, our fellow Americans.
That program, however, should absolutely not outweigh the benefits provided to the men and women who wear the uniform of our Nation's military, risking life, limb and time away from their friends and family to protect our freedoms.
Just my humble opinion.
That said, this is one I learned about from my friend Steve Koprince in a recent entry to his SmallGovCon blog where he described a recent report by the SBA OIG related to a $7.78 million dollar 8(a) sole source contract awarded to TKC Global Solutions by the Department of Labor.
Here's the skinny.
Because, TKC was not bound by the typical 8(a) sole source limits and because DOL issued a waiver under the non-manufacturer rule, TKC received only $153,000 of the total contract. The rest of it went to subcontractor World Wide Technologies and presumably Dell, the manufacturer of the equipment provided to the government through the contract.
think you too will see this is just another black eye to the ANC
program and its supporters. Unfortunately, the effects of this and other
situations like it, cause ongoing harm to other small federal contractors.
Anyone else wonder how much of the "loot" not realized by TKC will go to support developmental programs for Native Alaskans?
To the ANC lobby I have just one question. How are you going to spin this one?
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