Circuit

Blog archive

Officials put temptation in front of small businesses

When a company can certify itself as a particular type of business entitled to preferential treatment, it is a temptation that is hard to resist, according to one member of Congress.

“How can we ask the Lord to deliver us from temptation and put this kind of temptation in front of these people?” asked Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), a senior Republican on the House Small Business Committee.

Bartlett spoke July 15 at a hearing on the millions of dollars worth of fraud in the Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) program. The temptation exists because a company could assure federal officials that it meets the requirements of the program, and the government would generally accept that as proof enough, he said.

“We should have had some pangs of conscience when we repeated the Lord’s Prayer,” Bartlett said.

In the end, “the real surprise would have been [if] there were no frauds,” he added.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jul 20, 2010 at 12:11 PM


Featured

  • Workforce
    coronavirus molecule (creativeneko/Shutterstock.com)

    OMB urges 'maximum telework flexibilities' for DC-area feds

    A Sunday evening memo ahead of a potentially chaotic commute urges agency heads to pivot to telework as much as possible.

  • Acquisition
    Shutterstock ID: 1993681 By Jurgen Ziewe

    Spinning up telework presents procurement challenges

    As concerns over the coronavirus outbreak drives more agencies towards expanding employee telework, federal acquisition contracts can help ease some of the pain.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.