Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Blackwater Worldwide...a small business?

From Buzz Flash:

Blackwater Misrepresents Itself as Mom and Pop Inc. to get Government Contracts
Submitted by meg on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 4:13pm.

by Meg White

Pop quiz: Which multi-billion dollar defense contractor is actually classified as a small business? Here's a hint: It's facing a war crimes inquiry and its got "Worldwide" in its name.

After prompting from Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), who chairs the House Oversight Committee, the inspector general from the Small Business Administration (SBA) concluded in a report released Monday that the security company Blackwater Worldwide may have gotten as much as 39 contracts by misleadingly claiming they are a small business.

Though Blackwater is highly involved in the minutia of everyday operations of its employees (scheduling, etc.) the company tried to claim that the people working security were merely independent contractors, which brought the supposed number of employees down to small business size.


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