Legislation May Strip Alaska Native Corporations of Edge in 8(a) Program

Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri plans to introduce legislation next month that would strip Alaska Native corporations of the edge they now enjoy in obtaining federal contracts worth billions of dollars.

Among other changes, she would eliminate the ability of the corporations to receive contracts with no monetary caps.

The Washington Post first reported McCaskill’s plans yesterday.

The corporations could still participate in the Small Business Administration 8(a) program, but they would no longer enjoy special benefits implemented two decades ago by then- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

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