Small and Disadvantaged Businesses: Some Agencies' Advocates Do Not Report to the Required Management Level

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Section 15(k) of the Small Business Act requires that all federal agencies with procurement powers establish an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). This law is one of many designed to enhance the participation of small and disadvantaged businesses in federal procurement. Section 15(k)(3) of the act requires that OSDBU directors, who are intended to be advocates for small and disadvantaged businesses, be responsible only to and report directly to agency heads or deputy agency heads. GAO was asked to determine compliance with section ... continued below

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United States. General Accounting Office. September 4, 2003.

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "Section 15(k) of the Small Business Act requires that all federal agencies with procurement powers establish an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). This law is one of many designed to enhance the participation of small and disadvantaged businesses in federal procurement. Section 15(k)(3) of the act requires that OSDBU directors, who are intended to be advocates for small and disadvantaged businesses, be responsible only to and report directly to agency heads or deputy agency heads. GAO was asked to determine compliance with section 15(k)(3) across the government, review to whom the OSDBU director at the Office of the Secretary of Defense has reported since the office was exempted from that provision, and determine whether section 15(k) applies to the Office of Administration (OA), which is the central procurement arm of the Executive Office of the President (EOP)."

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United States. General Accounting Office. Small and Disadvantaged Businesses: Some Agencies' Advocates Do Not Report to the Required Management Level, report, September 4, 2003; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc292987/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.