Ok, that’s what I get for posting on something before thoroughly vetting it. It really looks like the anonymous commenter was right. I didn’t have too much time to research this out (as my thesis is more important at the moment), but taking a brief glance through the NPRMs on the SBA site, it looks like the American Small Business League was blatantly misrepresenting the situation. The allegations of NASA counting large business contracts as small business contracts is probably bogus as well. Basically, ASBL claimed that NASA and other federal agencies had mad contracts with Fortune 1000 companies, and then lied about their status in order to make their small business contracting goals. What is more likely the case is that they found several instances of long-duration contracts where the contracting firm started out as a small business, but was acquired by or became a large business before the contract ran out. If that’s really the case, that’s nowhere near as outrageous as ASBL was trying to make it sound.
If people want to dig into this a little deeper, let me know what you find, but as of right now, consider this a formal retraction of the previous post, and an apology to NASA for what looks like invalid accusations on my part. I’ll try to make sure I do more due-diligence in the future before just repeating stuff like this.