This case involves a corporation that was found in violation of federal law for fraudulently abusing a federal small business program. The corporation passed off its subsidiaries as small businesses when in actuality, the corporation ran itself as one large business. By misrepresenting their eligibility for a small business government programs, the corporation qualified for millions of dollars in federal contracts. It was alleged that the subsidiaries were placeholders working to advance the interests of the parent company. An expert in business with extensive experience in federal small business programs was sought to review the facts of the case and opine on the extent to which the company in question violated federal law.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Please describe your experience working with the small business administration and the small business program.
Expert Witness Response E-109855
I served the federal small business administration for 34 years. When I served as the associate administrator for minority small business and capital ownership development, I was the only person authorized to approve businesses into the program. My work with capital access and government contracting directly affected large corporations, as I was in charge of approving financing for them. I have testified before Congress on various large corporations and their impact on the small business program, specifically the policies and procedures that had been put in place to reduce fraud and abuse in the program. I have continued to research legislation and policies regarding the SBA, ANCs, and the 8(a) Program in my current position as a senior manager of small business at a nonprofit agency. I can speak to the materiality of representation to the SBA and the requirements to certify subsidiaries as small businesses. I would like to review financial records and payrolls of employees to determine size.
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