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SBA Administrator Mills says Recovery Act benefitting small businesses

Agency to promote stimulus contract opportunities in more than 200 events around the country. Mills says more than $2.2 billion has gone to small firms.

Tags: contracting , SBA , Commerce , Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committ

Friday - 08/28/2009, 12:15pm EDT
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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 , SBA , Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committ , Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA , whistleblower protection , Jason Miller

Friday - 04/29/2011, 08:07am EDT
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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 , Jonathan Swain , SBA , whistleblower retaliation , human resources fraud , contracting fraud , Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA , 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 , 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 , Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA , 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 , Marie Johns , Kevin Mahoney , SBA , OSC , Vincent Melehy , Debra Roth , Shaw, Bransford and Roth , whistleblower retaliation , Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , Diane Sellers , Ethel Matthews , Stevie Gray , Jonathan Swain , Kevin Mahoney , Marie Johns , David Robbins , Michael Chodos , Keith Lucas , Elaine Powell Belnavis , SBA , OSC , Vincent Melehy , AFGE , whistleblower retaliation , human resources , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , Karla Saunders , Diane Sellers , Ethel Matthews , Stevie Gray , Jonathan Swain , Kevin Mahoney , Marie Johns , SBA , Office of Special Counsel , Debra Roth , Vincent Melehy , Shaw, Bransford and Roth , whistleblower retaliation , Jason Miller

Monday - 02/07/2011, 06:44am EST
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SBA set-aside program targets women-owned businesses

Warren Corbett, editor of the Set-Aside Alert, discusses the details of the proposed SBA rule.

Tags: Warren Corbett , SBA , women-owned business , contracting , Dorobek Insider

Monday - 12/06/2010, 05:11pm 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 , Nydia Velazquez , Sam Graves , Greg Kutz , House Small Business Committee , SBA , GAO , DoJ , HUBZone program , Small business contracting , Jason Miller

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