The hilarious final days of the Bush presidency continue with a Washington Post report on how huge corporations scored "small business" contracts.
In the data The Post analyzed, federal agencies counted Lockheed Martin and its subsidiaries as "small" on 207 contracts worth $143 million. Dell Computer, a Fortune 500 company, was listed as a small business on $89 million in contracts.
The Navy claimed that $60 million in work it gave to Digital System Resources, a division of General Dynamics, went to a small firm—a year after agencies were warned that DSR did not qualify. The Defense Department, which for a century has used Electric Boat to build submarines, labeled the firm as a small business for $1 million in supplies and services. The Department of Veterans Affairs said a computer glitch caused it to claim a $29 million payment to defense security giant CACI as a small-business award.
And 36 of 200—eighteen percent—of the companies at the top of the contract list did not fit the definition of "small" businesses.