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Topic - Johnny Johnson
Efforts by Washington, D.C., to include local, minority-owned and small businesses in city contracts have led to a system in which goods manufactured by major companies, including sensitive medical equipment, are routed regularly through residences where self-professed entrepreneurs — whose only client is the government — mark up and resell them.
He told the story of Lifepak, which manufactures defibrillators preferred by the fire department.
That is all well and good, Mr. Johnson said, but local, small and minority-owned businesses are not the only ones profiting at taxpayer expense from a flawed system.