So the hearing on the ANC issue took place the other day and the gist of the argument made by the ANC lobby seems to be based on the history of "broken promises" to the Indian people. I specify ANC because the
primary issues associated with this program revolve around the alleged
abuses by companies with this designation as opposed to Native-American
companies from the lower forty-eight.
My question is, what about the fact that the Senator from Alaska responsible for much of this mess was not only voted out, but criminally charged for his conduct? Would it not be fair for non Alaskan Natives to equate his misgivings with "broken promises"?
The issue at hand demonstrates a clear and compelling argument for PARITY in the small business program for government contracting. I state my opinion once again: Why should the smallest segment of the government contracting sector receive so much MORE benefit than everyone else? There is no denying that Alaska Natives are entitled to some support, but as a taxpayer and a member of the government contracting community, I am absolutely not willing to subsidize a program which destroys other small businesses as this ANC set-aside does. On top of that, any socioeconomic group who believes they deserve as much or more benefit than the Americans (regardless of ethnicity) who have sacrificed of themselves to make it possible that this argument even takes place, I say how dare you!
Oh, and then there is this:"We need more benefits for our people," said Sarah Lukin, executive director of the Native American Contractors Association.
Wait! You mean being SUPER 8(a), perpetual SBA Assistance, no dollar caps for sole-sources, no protests and the ability to have companies rivaling the largest SI's of our industry in size be considered small businesses isn't enough? Hmmm.
- The Chief Visionary
Fate of Alaska Native contracting program is unclear
By Robert Brodsky
July 17, 2009
The Defense Department's top civilian procurement official told a
Senate panel on Thursday that additional competition for Alaska native
corporation contracts may be appropriate in certain circumstances.
Shay Assad, Defense's acting deputy undersecretary for acquisition
and technology, suggested that the Pentagon could be willing to reduce
its reliance on ANCs for sole-source contracts. Assad appeared before
the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on
Assad has ordered a detailed review of all agency awards to ANCs in
fiscal 2008 and 2009 through the Small Business Administration's 8(a)
Business Development program, in part, to determine why Defense is
issuing so many of those contracts without competition. He also called
for more oversight of subcontracts to ensure that ANCs are following
federal regulations and performing at least 50 percent of the work
associated with the awards.
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