Military not giving small business subcontractors a fair shake, DoD IG says

The military services are not giving small businesses a fair shake when it comes to awarding contracts.

The Defense Department Inspector General Office unearthed some disturbing trends over the past few years for small business owners trying to do business with the military.

“We’ve done five different audits,” said Michael J. Roark, assistant inspector general for readiness and global operations at DoD IG, while testifying before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce on May 17. “The consistent challenges contracting officials face is monitoring prime contractors’ compliance with individual subcontracting plans and determining why individual contractors with subcontracting plans did not meet their small business subcontracting goals.”

Two of the DoD IG audits were performed on the Marine Corps, two others were on the Air Force and the final on the Army.