Investigating 8(a) contracting

Alaska Native-owned companies know all too well that as federal contracts increase, so does scrutiny. But other small businesses are on the rise, too, and they have their own battles to fight.Jill Burke
Underwater devices developed by a tribally-owned small business are assembled in an average-looking warehouse in the Fairview neighborhood, and top officials are taking note. Jill Burke
National 8(a) Association Conference attendees say a federal move away from outsourcing is "putting small business out of business."Jill Burke
Updates from the National 8(a) Association Conference, underway June 22 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Anchorage.Jill Burke
Companies enrolled in the U.S. Small Business Association's 8(a) program will have a chance this week to rub elbows with the federal government's top-level decision makers.Jill Burke
After a fraud investigation, the U.S. Air Force suspects Cape Fox Corp.'s 8(a) subsidiaries and business partners illegally obtained $700 million in government contracts.Jill Burke
An Alaska Native corporation is suing a California reporter and two media outfits for $24 million, claiming a news story investigating the company's federal contract to replace a rail bridge and train tracks in Napa Valley damaged its reputation.Jill Burke
A New Jersey-based company specializing in monitoring for nuclear materials claims an Ahtna Inc. subsidiary swindled it out of nearly $182 million in business when the two partnered through the SBA's 8(a) program.Craig Medred