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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
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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
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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
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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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Agencies must justify large contracts to 8(a) firms

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, 07:29am EDT

Employee sues SBA for discrimination, retaliation

Karla Saunders alleges the agency violated her civil rights and she was a victim of reprisals. SBA declines to comment.

Friday - 03/11/2011, 05:32pm EST
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Many agencies are not under a hiring freeze

Federal News Radio surveyed 10 agencies to find out how they are preparing for a shutdown, and how operating under a continuing resolution is affecting their operations.

Thursday - 03/03/2011, 07:46pm EST

SBA gets squarely behind startup roundtables

As part of the White House's Startup America initiative, senior Obama Administration officials will visit eight cities to meet with entrepreneurs and hear directly from them on ideas and suggestions for reducing barriers and regulations to build a more supportive environment for entrepreneurship and innovation. We learn more about it from SBA's Sean Greene.

Tuesday - 03/01/2011, 09:41am EST
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Bill would protect minority, women-owned firms

Sen. Casey proposes legislation that would prevent prime contractors from abusing subcontractors in the acquisitions process.

Thursday - 02/17/2011, 01:27pm EST

The budget, new and old, and your agency

On this week's show, host Mike Causey talks with NTEU president Colleen Kelley and Federal Times' Steve Watkins about different budget plans being considered and how they might hit you, or your agency, in the wallet.

Wednesday - 02/16/2011, 12:00pm EST
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SBA increases transparency requirements

Rep. Thompson and Sen. McCaskill have recently proposed companion bills to make changes to the contracting program.

Friday - 02/11/2011, 07:18pm EST

Part 5: SBA responds to whistleblower series

SBA Administrator Karen Mills sent an email to staff to respond to the Federal News Radio reports about allegations of whistleblower retaliation at the agency.

Thursday - 02/10/2011, 04:03pm EST

Part 4: SBA's contracting practices under close scrutiny

In part 4 of Federal News Radio's investigative series "Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA," allegations of cronyism and conflict of interest in the acquisition process arise. Over the past year, lawmakers and auditors have raised concerns about the agency's acquisition practices. SBA officials deny the accusations and say they are strengthening their acquisition processes.

Thursday - 02/10/2011, 07:20am EST
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Part 3: SBA whistleblowers weigh resolution options

In part 3 of Federal News Radio's exclusive investigative series "Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA," Karla Saunders weighs her options to find resolution in her three-year battle against alleged retaliation. Saunders and three other agency employees say they want to return to their original jobs and restore their reputations. SBA officials say the agency is focusing on strengthening management and oversight.

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 06:46am EST
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Part 2: SBA employees allege fake positions created

In part 2 of the special investigative series, Diane Sellers said she faced another round of retaliation just this past January when management moved her into a new position without cause. Sellers and two other career agency officials say they are facing a hostile work environment because they blew the whistle on potential misconduct. SBA says there is no evidence of HR violations or creating phony positions.

Tuesday - 02/08/2011, 07:15am EST
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Part 1: Four employees claim retaliation from SBA managers

In part one of the exclusive Federal News Radio series, Karla Saunders says SBA management continues to exact revenge against her for testifying on behalf of another employee about agency misconduct. Saunders says among the reprisals she has faced over the past three years is officials put her in two jobs involuntarily that she has no qualifications for. SBA officials deny any wrongdoing and say the administrator has no tolerance for waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement.

Monday - 02/07/2011, 06:44am EST
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New SBA online community builds on Business.gov

Wednesday - 01/26/2011, 03:35pm EST

16 agencies sign on to help military families

Caring for the families of military personnel requires a coordinated approach across the federal government, President Obama said Monday. He said agencies have made 50 separate commitments to coordinate programs designed to assist the loved ones of servicemembers.

Tuesday - 01/25/2011, 06:58am EST
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Seven steps to winning a government contract

We learn how to "Learn the Hidden Secrets that all Contractors Need to Know!" and how to get a running start in under a day from Summit Insight's Judy Bradt.

Monday - 01/17/2011, 09:31am EST
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SBA to the rescue with COOP planning help

If you're not prepared, a disaster could put you and your employees at risk, possibly shutting down your business forever. Agility Recovery Solutions' Bob Boyd tells us about a new way to prepare for the worst.

Friday - 01/14/2011, 09:31am EST
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