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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:36 PM
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Kerry's provision reversing the TSA exemption passed
10/12/06 -- 02:55 PM

Congress: TSA must toe small-biz line

By Alice Lipowicz, Staff Writer

The Transportation Security Administration now must adhere to the same small-business procurement goals as do other federal agencies, according to a provision adopted by Congress in the fiscal 2007 homeland security appropriations bill. TSA previously was exempted.

Under the new law, which President Bush has signed, TSA must aim to award to small businesses 23 percent of its prime contracts, the federal governments mandated goal.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), ranking member of the Senate Small Business Committee, attached the provision to the appropriations bill. It reverses a TSA exemption to the Small Business Act that had been in effect since the agency was formed following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

By every account, TSA has abused procurement privileges granted in the aftermath of Sept. 11, Kerry wrote in a press release. As a result, capable, qualified small businesses are left out of the federal procurement process.

When it comes to ensuring that Americas small businesses receive the opportunities they need to grow and succeed, it's time to bring the Bush administration in check. That starts today at TSA, he wrote.




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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:44 PM
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1. GD, please. Some Dems still looking out for small businesses over big biz.
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