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Apparently not the SBA when it came to the Small Disadvantaged Business certification program.

By Julie Monahan

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A red-faced SBA is making amends after an audit showedquestionable spending of $6 million earmarked for certifyingdisadvantaged businesses. But the embarrassment underscorespersistent doubts that have dogged the certification program sinceits inception.

The audit by the SBA's Office of the Inspector General foundthat $2 million spent on furniture, offices, employees andequipment was never used for the Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)certification program, which aims to help minority businessescom-pete for federal contracts.

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