The General Services Administration (GSA) has about 19,000 Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts. About 80 percent are contracts with small businesses. Last year, GSA proposed terminating thousands of small business contracts for not meeting the $25,000 annual sales threshold. Apparently, GSA forgot to pay the contractors something--$2,500.
The House Committee on Small Business did some checking--more likely someone told them--and found that GSA owed some money. Here is the story.
Between Fiscal Year 2008 and Fiscal Year 2012, there were 3,300 of these canceled federal contracts. Of these, 1,334 were eligible for a minimum guaranteed payment from GSA; 1,281 of the eligible firms were small businesses. Because of this error, GSA will pay $3,108,888 owed to these companies. The remaining firms had not filed the necessary forms, so it is unclear if GSA would have owed them the $2,500 payment.
You can read all about it at the Small Business Committee site.