I read an opinion piece today that states it was written in response to a Washington Post article about fraud in government contracting. Apparently the article touched a nerve with Tim Fay of Fay Communications based in Silver Spring, MD, so he contributed his two cents. After reading through Tim's submission a few times, I realized what he wrote touched a nerve with me, so I decided to toss in my nickel.
First of all I have worked for and currently work with a number of companies who are small businesses with no other considerations who are more than capable of answering the call to support government agencies in a range of disciplines and product offerings. Additionally, I have written about the demise of opportunities for companies who are just small business and the growing distance between small businesses and the subcategory designations of the small business program.
This piece by Tim Fay is the kind of crap that continues to tear away at the much needed unity of small federal contractors not to mention the social impact. This is the stuff that sustains a revenue stream for the many phony advocates, greedy lobbyists and their cousins who benefit from this infighting. The bottom line is when it comes to government contracting and set-aside programs, anytime you create an incentive such as the assistance provided to small businesses, someone will devise a way to exploit it, regardless of their race.
Tim makes some pretty ugly comments in his piece to include "As a white male business owner, I can understand the motivation of
contractors to misrepresent their race or gender to qualify for
contracting preferences." Then there is "Unlike white-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses are not
categorically barred from selected contracting opportunities because of
their skin color."
Since we're at that place, where is the race angle when it comes to the preference programs for Service Disabled Veteran-Owned, and HUBZone companies Tim? Apparently you've not lost enough business to these type companies (legit or otherwise) to warrant a similar or more balanced response.
Personally, I am of the belief that companies who understand and can demonstrate a capacity to deliver a good product to support the needs of their customers should have the upper-hand. I entered this industry during Operation Desert Shield working for a small business that manufactured equipment used stateside and on the line to support defense and intelligence missions. The government bought from us because we were dependable and understood the organizational and mission objectives and culture.
I believe in Small Business and the small business program but I also believe the current government contracting program for small business is broken the same as others believe LPTA is a poison pill for Government and Industry.
So back to Tim.
The Census Bureau forecasts that non-hispanic whites will become a minority group around 2050. Maybe Tim should hang out for a while to see how SBA adjusts the programs for minority-owned businesses when that time comes. Then he can become one of those who are "not categorically barred from selected contracting opportunities because of the color of their skin."
Seems to me he might be much happier then. How about it Tim?
Peace.The Chief Visionary
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