03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

John Kerry Probing How Blackwater Affiliate Was Given Federal "Small Business" Contract

Sen. John Kerry on Thursday asked the Bush administration for more information on how an affiliate of private security firm Blackwater USA was chosen as a small business to carry out federal contract work.

The Massachusetts Democrat asked Small Business Administration Administrator Steven Preston about the 2006 selection of Presidential Airways, a Blackwater affiliate, for helicopter supply services to U.S. Navy vessels in Guam.

"There are plenty of unanswered questions about how Blackwater may have abused contracting loopholes, and whether the SBA made the appropriate decision on the size of the firm," said Kerry, who chairs the Senate small business committee.

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