A federal agency is proposing big changes to the controversial contracting program for minorities that spurred massive growth among Alaska Native corporations over the past decade.
The agency, the federal Small Business Administration, on Wednesday published a 31-page proposed rule comprising many changes to its contracting program for minority-owned, disadvantaged businesses, including Alaska Native firms.
Among the changes that could resonate in Alaska:
But the SBA isn't proposing to dismantle the biggest magnet for criticism in its contracting program: The provision that allows Alaska Native and tribal firms to obtain federal contracts without limit on the dollar amount and without competition.
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