From Jim Gilliam's blog archivesEXCLUSIVE: Homeland Security to nix small firms
July 30, 2004 1:10 PM
Word from two different sources is that the Homeland Security department is reviewing all firms with security clearances and is going to revoke clearance from any company with less than 200 employees.
This is stunning. I'm trying to determine how many companies (and people) this would affect.
It might be a fallout of the DHS inquiry announced a little over a month ago on June 23rd. The inspector general, Clark Kent Ervin is investigating the case of Faisal Gill, DHS's director of policy for intelligence and his ties to the American Muslim Council. Gill also has significant ties to Grover Norquist.
I have a call in to Curtis Clark, the security officer at the inspector general's office seeking confirmation. It's late on a Friday, so who knows if I will hear back anytime soon. If you have any information about the review, please contact me, post it, or something.
UPDATE: DHS policy statement: "It is the policy of the United States, as stated in the Small Business Act, that 'All' small businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in providing goods and services to the government."
There is a government-wide target that 23% of all prime contracts go to small businesses.
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