Washington Post, By: Carol D. Leonnig

U.S. government agencies made at least $5 billion in mistakes in their recent reports of contracts awarded to small businesses, with many claiming credit for awards to companies that long ago outgrew the designation or never qualified in the first place, a Washington Post analysis shows...

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate committee on small business, said it is another example of the government's "phony numbers" and broken promise to the small businesses that make up 99 percent of U.S. companies.

"They aren't checking. They don't care," he said. "They simply aren't doing their job of looking out for small business."

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