Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Just a Little Mom and Pop Operation Like Halliburton

'They are among America's larger companies: Verizon Communications, AT&T Wireless, Barnes & Noble booksellers and Dole Food Co. But in the government's contractor database, they are listed as small businesses. The mistaken designations... mean the government has overstated the contract dollars that are going to small business at a time when the Bush administration has been pressing to give smaller companies as much federal work as possible. ... Once a company's status is mischaracterized, it stays that way through the life of a contract -- which can be 20 years. That means smaller firms that the administration intended to help may be frozen out from fresh business by the bigger companies with the incorrect designations.'

And yes, a subsidiary of Halliburton is on the small business list.


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