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Native Business Leaders Convene in D.C. - Applaud U.S. Attorney's Office in Prosecution of Employees in Contracting Fraud

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Native American Contractors Association (NACA) held its annual member meeting in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2011 bringing together more than 50 different Tribal and Native corporation firms from across the country. During the week, the Washington Post published a front page article on a federal indictment of Army Corps of Engineers employees, and employees of EyakTek, a contracting firm headquartered in Dulles, VA. Four men were arrested on fraud charges on October 5, 2011.

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"We absolutely support taking swift action on bad actors in the federal contracting community," said Jim Gray, Executive Director of NACA. "Criminal activity by federal and private sector employees must be prosecuted. It's the right thing to do for all of us as tax payers, as well as for the integrity of the thousands of firms that do good business and deliver excellent services."

Since 2009, NACA has required its members to adhere to a code of conduct by signing on to a specific set of business practices. The company involved is not a member of NACA, and many NACA leaders discussed the wisdom and responsibility of this company's business code of conduct standards.

"As Tribal leaders, we know well the potential for some to paint our entire community based on the improper actions of a few individuals," Gray remarked. "Tribal and Native corporations are efficient businesses that deliver quality services and hold themselves to the highest ethics and business practices."

For more information please contact Jennine Elias, External Affairs Director at 202.758.2676.

The Native American Contractors Association (NACA) is a national Native advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. NACA represents and serves Tribal, Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), and Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs) across the nation on issues relating to the economic self-sufficiency of America's indigenous people, focusing on our members' participation in government contracting and the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program. NACA's members represent over 475,000 Tribal Members, Alaska Native Shareholders, and Native Hawaiians.

SOURCE Native American Contractors Association



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