CBP Faces Challenges in Achieving Its Goals for Small Business Participation in Secure Border Initiative Network [open pdf - 927KB]
"We conducted this audit to determine whether Secure Border Initiative Network contracting strategies will provide access to small business for the term of the contract. Federal Acquisition Regulation 19.702 requires agencies to provide maximum practicable opportunity in their contracts to small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, small disadvantaged business, women-owned small business, and small businesses located in designated historically underdeveloped 'HUBZone' areas. Customs and Border Protection [CBP] faces challenges in meeting small business subcontracting goals for the remainder of the Secure Border Initiative Network indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. A change in Customs and Border Protection's acquisition strategy from acquiring technology to acquiring steel for border fence construction reduced opportunities for small business to participate in awards under the Secure Border Initiative Network indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. In response, the prime contractor Boeing, has implemented initiatives to improve small business participation in Secure Border Initiative Network subcontracts to achieve its subcontracting goals. Despite these initiatives, the contractor has not achieved the established goals for small business participation since the reporting period ended September 2007. We recommended that Customs and Border Protection continue monitoring Boeing's efforts to identify and recruit small business in order to achieve established small business goals in the Secure Border Initiative Network indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Customs and Border Protection non-concurred with the recommendation."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-10-54
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