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Lawmakers, industry press OFPP not to make strategic sourcing mandatory

The House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce is searching for answers about the potential impact on competition if the White House mandates the use of strategic sourcing contracts. Four industry associations provided little support for compulsory use, citing potential risks to the government and harm to vendors.

Tags: acquisition , industry , Joe Jordan , OFPP , Jeff Koses , GSA , Richard Hanna , Rob Burton , Venable , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/14/2013, 05:35am EDT
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Strategic sourcing: Pennywise but pound foolish?

Some small businesses are calling into question the benefits of the Obama administration's strategic sourcing initiative. They say the agencies are mandating the use of the office supplies BPA and putting more than 500 Schedule 75 holders at risk of losing their business. GSA, which runs Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI), said there still are plenty of sales to go around as the BPA accounts for less than half of the $1.4 billion office supplies market.

Tags: acquisition , strategic sourcing , GSA , OFPP , Schedule 75 , Steve Kempf , Dan Gordon , Rick Vogel , Coast-to-Coast Computer Products , Bonnie Whittaker , Adams Marketing , Sam Bornstein , Bornstein and Song , Mick Mulvaney , Judy Chu , Small business contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jason Miller , Inside the World

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:39am EDT
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GSA ridding schedules of deadwood

Agency introduces the new Demand Based Model that will focus resources on the products and services agencies need and want the most. GSA plans on closing two schedules and parts of 14 others to new offerors. GSA also will cut vendors who do little or no business on the schedule to help reduce administrative costs.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , industry , Steve Kempf , GSA , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , Mick Mulvaney , supply schedules , Demand Based Model , Small business contracting , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/08/2012, 05:37am EDT
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House Small Biz Committee taking on contracting reform

The Federal Drive with Tom Temin. spoke with Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairman of the House Small Business Committee.

Tags: Sam Graves , contracting , Federal Drive

Friday - 02/17/2012, 04:15pm EST
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Bill seeks small biz protection in 'unfair' contract bundling

A bill introduced in the House today aims to give small businesses more opportunities in contract bundling.

Tags: Sam Graves , Allen West , contracting , transparency , Congress

Friday - 02/17/2012, 12:56pm EST

House Small Biz Committee introduces more contracting reform legislation

Lawmakers on the House Small Business Committee introduced three bipartisan bills Wednesday aimed at contracting reform.

Tags: SBA , contracting , acquisition , Joe Walsh , Gerry Connolly , Jaime Herrera Beutler , Kurt Schrader , Bobby Schilling , Judy Chu , Sam Graves , Mick Mulvaney , transparency

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 03:17pm EST

Hearing offers little clarity to campaign disclosure proposal

Republican House lawmakers are frustrated and concerned over the draft Executive Order requiring contractors to make campaign contributions public. OFPP's Dan Gordon declines to answer specific questions about the proposal, but said transparency is key to ensuring trust in the procurement system.

Tags: contracting , industry , Dan Gordon , Darrell Issa , Sam Graves , Elijah Cummings , Nydia Velazquez , Tim Walberg , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , OFPP , White House , FEC , draft executive order , political contributions , Disclose Act , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/13/2011, 07:35am EDT
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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 , Senate Small Business Committee , FTC , Bill Shook , Rosemarie Straight , Tom Wimer , KnowledgeBank , McKinsey and Company , conflict of interest , whistleblower retaliation , Recovery Act , Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/10/2011, 07:20am EST
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SBA to name new HUBZone director

Grande Lum will lead a program that has been plagued by fraud and abuse. GAO successfully received HUBZone certifications for three bogus firms in sting operation. SBA administrator promises more oversight of the program.

Tags: contracting , management , Karen Mills , Nydia Velazquez , Sam Graves , Greg Kutz , SBA , GAO , DoJ , HUBZone program , Small business contracting , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/29/2010, 02:17pm EDT

Small business contracting bill brings changes

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee passes small business contracting bill focusing on four main areas. Agencies would have to justify bundled contracts and create new policy to oversee subcontracting. Vendors do not support all provisions of the bill.

Tags: contracting , Mary Landrieu , Olympia Snowe , Ben Cardin , Greg Willis , Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committ , SBA , GSA , Larry Allen , Coalition for Government Procurement , Small business contracting , Small business goals , contract bundling , Subcontracting , Small business size standards , Multiple award contracts

Friday - 03/05/2010, 07:18am EST
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