Shame of the Cities: Setting Aside Justice for the “Disadvantaged”
By Jonathan J. Bean
This article appeared in the Summer 2003 issue of The Independent Review

Since its inception in 1968 the Small Business Administration’s Section 8(a) set-aside program has been plagued with fraud and bureaucratic ineptitude. Attempts to reform the SBA have failed, much to the detriment of the truly disadvantaged business people who are unwilling to play the agency’s games or who don’t fit its target profile.

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