New procurement rules aim to level the playing field.
In keeping with his "mend it, don't end it" stance on affirmative action, President Clinton is implementing new federal procurement procedures designed to ensure that small, disadvantaged business (SDB) owners can compete for prime government contracts.
The changes take effect October 1 and are expected to impact 30,000 small firms the first year. SDBs currently do $10.8 billion in business with Uncle Sam. Only $4.4 billion of this total will be directly affected by the changes.