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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.

Tags: Management , Olympia Snowe , Karen Mills , SBA , Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committ , whistleblower protection , Jason Miller

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

Tags: Management , Karla Saunders , Jonathan Swain , SBA , Office of Special Counsel , Vincent Melehy , Melehy and Associates , district court , whistleblower retaliation , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/11/2011, 05:32pm EST
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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.

Tags: Management , pay and benefits , Karen Mills , Jonathan Swain , SBA , whistleblower retaliation , human resources fraud , contracting fraud , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: Management , Contracting , Ethel Matthews , Jonathan Swain , Karen Mills , Olympia Snowe , Nydia Velazquez , Eileen Harrington , Sara Lipscomb , SBA , House Small Business Committee , Senate Small Business Committee , FTC , Bill Shook , Rosemarie Straight , Tom Wimer , KnowledgeBank , McKinsey and Company , conflict of interest , whistleblower retaliation , Recovery Act , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: Management , pay and benefits , Karla Saunders , Diane Sellers , Stevie Gray , Ethel Matthews , Jonathan Swain , Karen Mills , Marie Johns , Kevin Mahoney , SBA , OSC , Vincent Melehy , Debra Roth , Shaw, Bransford and Roth , whistleblower retaliation , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 06:46am EST
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