that gives Alaska Native corporations an edge in securing governmental
contracts is once again under fire in the Lower 48. A provision in the Small
Business Administration's rules for small, minority or disadvantaged businesses
allows Native corporations to be given unlimited contracts without bidding on
them. The provision was created by former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, and does
not extend to other minorities.
scrutiny comes from Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill, who chairs the Subcommittee
on Contracting Oversight. She's planning a July 16 hearing on the issue.
(loo-keen) is the spokesperson for the Afognak Native Corporation and its
subsidiary, Alutiiq LLC, which has been awarded hundreds of millions of dollars
in government contracts over the years. She said this is not the first time
Native corporations have been under scrutiny over SBA-8-A contracts.
-- (SBA 1 48
sec "In April of 2006 the ...
the congressional hearings will be an opportunity to educate Senator McCaskill
and others in D.C. about why Native corporations should have the 8-A advantage.
-- (SBA 2 40
sec "We're obviously going ...
and women in the military.")
She said it
was important to remember that even though Native contractors have gotten
billions of dollars in contracts under the 8-A provision, it is still a drop in
the bucket compared to what the federal government contracts out.
-- (SBA 3 37
sec "One of the issues ... facing
challenges on Capital Hill.")
leaving Afognak and Alutiiq LLC. She has taken a position with the Native
American Contractors Association, and will be moving to Washington D.C., just
in time for Senator McCaskill's congressional hearings.