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Snowe Calls For GSA To Set Aside $500 Million Contract to Small Firms in Distressed Areas

Cites Small Business Job Impact, Potential Legal Violations

            Washington, D.C. – In a letter to General Services Administration Administrator Lurita A. Doan Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today called for the General Services Administration (GSA) to set aside a $500 million “Government-wide Acquisition Contract” (GWAC) task order for competition among small businesses operating in the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones).  Snowe said that the GSA’s failure to set this contract aside runs contrary to the HUBZone provisions of the Small Business Act and harms job opportunities in low-income, high unemployment areas throughout the country. 

            “A contract of this magnitude has tremendous job creation potential in Maine and across the nation,” said Senator Snowe.  “The GSA must ensure that small firms in distressed areas are not denied these opportunities.”  

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