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Energy Department lets the incorrect small businesses into a program, audit finds

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Small businesses picked for financial backing from a U.S. Department of Energy "mentoring" program are often poor choices, the agency's inspector general found. The Mentor-Protégé Program seeks to encourage small businesses to be prime contractors or subcontractors -- or "protégés." The small businesses are then groomed by larger contractors to produce better work for the Energy Department and...

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