Obama Abandons Set-Aside for Minority Business

September 16, 2011  |  

(Houston Chronicle) — The Obama administration has proposed, as a formality, eliminating a federal contracting program benefiting ethnic minority-owned businesses after courts ruled that the program was unconstitutional.  If the Federal Acquisition Regulation program is eliminated later this year, as expected, it will close the door on a successful reverse-discrimination lawsuit filed by a San Antonio company that two years ago effectively halted a program conducted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration and NASA to award 5 percent of contracts to minority-owned companies.

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