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    Event Title: GAO Highlights: Small Business Contracting Key Issues

    Event Date: 23 April 2024

    Event Times (Eastern): 1030-1200 EDT 

    CLP’s: 1.5 

    Event Description:

    DAU is pleased to host GAO as they share their research and analysis about Small Business Contracting with the Defense Acquisition Workforce. 

    GAO will present on the findings of several of their reports related to government contracting, on topics including assessing compliance with the Good Faith standard, implementing and monitoring DOD’s small business strategy, oversight of contractor compliance with subcontracting plans, documentation and reporting for procurement center representatives, and awards to mid-sized business and options for increasing their opportunities. 

    GAO provides Congress and federal agencies with fact-based, non-partisan information that can improve government operations and save taxpayers billions of dollars.

    Participant Resources:

    Speaker Slides and the following GAO Reports are available in the attachments tab above.

    Small Business Subcontracting: Some Contracting Officers Face Challenges Assessing Compliance with the Good Faith Standard -- GAO-24-106225  (Presenters: Kaitlan Doying and Beth Leibinger)

    Small Business Contracting: Actions Needed to Implement and Monitor DOD's Small Business Strategy -- GAO-22-104621 (Presenter: Jason Wildhagen)

    Small Business Subcontracting: Oversight of Contractor Compliance with Subcontracting Plans Needs Improvement -- GAO-20-464 (Presenters:  Tarek Mahmassani and Andy Pauline)

    Small Business Contracting: Better Documentation and Reporting Needed on Procurement Center Representatives -- GAO-20-462 (Presenter: Marshall Hamlett)

    Federal Contracting: Awards to Mid-Sized Businesses and Options for Increasing Their Opportunities -- GAO-19-523 (Presenter: Nancy Eibeck)

    Speakers
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    Kaitlan Doying, Senior Analyst, GAO

    Kaitlan Doying

    Senior Analyst, Government Accountability Office

    Kaitlan Doying is a senior analyst in GAO’s Financial Markets and Community Investment team. She has conducted work on a variety of topics including small business subcontracting, financial literacy, and Tribal economic development. Kaitlan has a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University and an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.    

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    Elizabeth Leibinger, Senior Analyst

    Beth Leibinger

    Senior Analyst, Government Accountability Office

    Elizabeth Leibinger is a Senior Analyst in GAO’s Financial Markets and Community Investment team.  Elizabeth has contributed to GAO work addressing small business programs and financial regulation, among other topics. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an undergraduate degree from Williams College.

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    Jason Wildhagen, Senior Analyst, GAO

    Jason Wildhagen

    Senior Analyst, Government Accountability Office

    Jason Wildhagen is a Senior Analyst with GAO’s Financial Markets and Community Investment team. Jason has managed GAO work addressing issues such as bank regulation, the U.S. payments system, and defense contracting. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from Boston University.

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    Tarek Mahmassani, Assistant Director, GAO

    Tarek Mahmassani

    Assistant Director, Government Accountability Office

    Tarek Mahmassani is an Assistant Director in GAO’s Financial Markets and Community Investment team.  Tarek has led work on a wide array of issues in GAO’s financial markets, housing, and small business portfolios. Tarek also serves on the Financial Markets and Community Investment’s emerging risks monitoring team, which monitors key and emerging risks in the financial markets and related regulatory oversight and provides updates on these issues to the Comptroller General. Tarek holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wichita State University.

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    Andrew Pauline, Assistant Director, GAO

    Andrew "Andy" Pauline

    Assistant Director, Government Accountability Office

    Andrew Pauline is an Assistant Director in GAO’s Financial Markets and Community Investment team.  Andrew manages GAO work addressing small business programs, housing finance, community and economic development programs, affordable housing issues, and financial regulation.  Andrew has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.   

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    Marshal Hamlett, Assistant Director, GAO

    Marshall Hamlett

    Assistant Director, Government Accountability Office

    Marshall Hamlett is an Assistant Director in GAO’s Financial Markets and Community Investment team. Marshall manages GAO work addressing small business contracting programs, disaster assistance programs, entrepreneurial development programs, and access to capital issues. Marshall has a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Missouri and an undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University.

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    Nancy Eibeck

    Senior Analyst, Government Accountability Office

    Nancy Eibeck is a Senior Analyst in GAO’s Financial Markets and Community Investment team.  Nancy has led GAO engagements on financial regulation and small business programs. Nancy has a master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and an undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa.   


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