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SBA News

IGs recommend harsher deterrents for small biz fraud

The inspectors general at the General Services Administration and the Small Business Administration propose the government prosecute small business contract fraud based on the contract amount instead of the financial loss to the government.

Friday - 11/04/2011, 04:07pm EDT

Agencies can say no to GAO recs

By law, agencies do not have to follow GAO's recommendations but most do, says William Welch, chair of the Government Contracts Practice Group at General Counsel.

Monday - 10/31/2011, 04:37pm EDT

Obama takes more steps on own to help businesses

Pushing a campaign to act without Congress, President Barack Obama moved unilaterally Friday to boost private business.

Friday - 10/28/2011, 11:56am EDT

SBA, CDC, NRC offer buyouts

The three agencies have joined a growing number that are offering incentive payments for employees to leave the payroll. Federal News Radio provides a roundup of recent buyout offers.

Monday - 10/24/2011, 07:27pm EDT

FCC helps small biz with cybersecurity plans

The agency has launched its Small Biz Cyber Planner to help businesses make a cybersecurity protection plan

Monday - 10/24/2011, 04:57pm EDT

Prime contractors must notify agencies of sub switches under new SBA rule

A new Small Business Administration rule would require prime contractors to notify agency contracting officers when there's a change in subcontractors from the original bid. Kenneth Dodds, an SBA attorney, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss how the new rules would affect contractors and agencies.

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 08:53am EDT

Acquisition expert Wilkinson to leave Senate committee

Molly Wilkinson, a 22-year federal employee, will take her first job in the private sector as head of government affairs for Regions Bank. She worked as the Republican general counsel for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for the last two years.

Tuesday - 10/04/2011, 04:51pm EDT

White House wants to open channels for small businesses

A new Web portal will bring information on all federal agency services for small firms into one place. At the 29th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week conference, White House officials highlighted how they are holding agencies accountable for meeting governmentwide small business goals.

Friday - 09/30/2011, 05:19am EDT

Bill aims to close small biz contract loopholes

The proposal by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) would establish no more than 20 industries as categories and size standards based on the current Economic Census.

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 01:30pm EDT

Thursday morning federal headlines - Sept. 15

On today's Federal Drive: Lawmakers plan to promote structural reforms in the Homeland Security Department through its authorization bill and the Senate Armed Services Committee mulls the numbers of the top ranks of the Defense Department.

Thursday - 09/15/2011, 07:38am EDT

Did reg-trimming roundtables spark new ideas?

Sean Greene, associate administrator for investment at the Small Business Administration, joined the Federal Drive to discuss a recent series of roundtables that aimed to find new ways to trim regulations.

Wednesday - 09/14/2011, 09:29am EDT

Agency financial systems still deficient

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee found agencies manually input data into grants, contracts and loan systems. The committee also said at least 10 agencies don't have good oversight of the data quality.

Wednesday - 09/07/2011, 03:19pm EDT

SBA program helps agencies meet contracting goals

Bill Elmore is the SBA's deputy associate administrator for the veterans office of business development. He told Federal News Radio how the Patriot Express program works.

Friday - 07/01/2011, 12:38pm EDT

SBA shares tips for hiring reform

President Barack Obama's order to streamline hiring requires agencies to complete the process in 80 days. Federal News Radio asked Kevin Mahoney, chief human capital officer at the Small Business Administration, to provide tips for success.

Monday - 06/06/2011, 06:52pm EDT

OMB urging regulatory reform plans for small agencies

The Office of Management and Budget has gotten preliminary plans for regulatory reform from 30 executive branch agencies after President Obama's January executive order calling for a review of unneeded or unjustified regulations. The White House also is encouraging independent federal agencies to submit their own plans, but OMB has gotten just a single page back so far.

Monday - 06/06/2011, 06:55am EDT

SBA assures senator it's fixing management problems

The agency responds to Sen. Olympia Snowe's letter with the specific steps it's taking to improve human resources issues. The Maine Republican wrote to SBA after Federal News Radio's investigation into alleged whistleblower retaliation, human resources fraud and contracting fraud.

Friday - 04/29/2011, 08:07am EDT

Big honors for small business use

In honoring Pantex in the manufacturing category, the SBA recognized the site for its "hard work, innovative ideas and dedication" and for its achievements in the community. We learn more from Pantex's John Woolery.

Friday - 04/22/2011, 10:08am EDT

New SBA rules have a big impact

Will the proposed changes help small business participation in federal contracting? We ask Microtech's Tony Jimenez.

Monday - 04/11/2011, 09:31am EDT

SBA on the scene in earthquake-impact areas

James Rivera, the SBA's associate administrator for the Office of Disaster Assistance, joined the Federal Drive with details on the agency's response in California and Hawaii

Friday - 04/01/2011, 09:41am EDT

Agencies must justify large 8(a) contracts

The FAR Councils are adding a new set of controls to contracts worth more than $20 million going to vendors in the socioeconomic program. This interim rule is in reaction to problems that surfaced last year when 8(a) firms were passing most of the work under the award to large businesses. Agencies also have new requirements to determine the order of priority for small business programs, around multiple-award contracts and when to use other than firm-fixed price contracts.

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 08:08am EDT
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