The SBA Office of the Inspector General has taken it upon itself to look at the SBA’s programs and activities in order to determine what risks the SBA may face in the 2020 Fiscal Year. It appears that the OIG did not like what it found.
The examination found multiple risks and problems associated with SBA programs, including the 8(a) program, the WOSB program, and SBA’s small business contract goaling methods.
Now that the GAO no longer has authority to hear protests of many task order awards valued under $10 million, it is fair to question whether the absence of the self-policing system established by the protest mechanism could contribute to unreasonable or improper task order awards.
According to a report issued by the Department of Defense Inspector General last Friday, at least one agency, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, has experienced some troubling irregularities in the MAC task order award process, including twice failing to permit all MAC holders to bid on task order competitions.