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Senator bashes SBA and challenges its small business contract numbers

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's letter to the Small Business Administration's administrator comes down hard on the federal contracting process and demands to see the scorecard for the percent of contracts going toward legally-designated small businesses.

Tags: David Vitter , Maria Contreras-Sweet , contracts , procurement , Small Business Act

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 05:03pm EDT

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

The Small Business Administration is reopening the comment period for a rule proposed late last year. The SBA is trying to bring small business contracting rules in line with what was mandated by the 2013 Defense Authorization Act. But critics say the SBA's approach is unfair to small businesses. Many of them would qualify as large businesses, while several large businesses could qualify as small. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and a long-time procurement attorney. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Defense Authorization Act

Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:27am EDT
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Rep. Chabot takes new approach to increasing small business contracting

A new bill from the House Small Business Committee chairman would require SBA to develop a new methodology to measure how effective agencies are in ensuring small firms receive prime and subcontracts awards.

Tags: Acquisition , contracting , Industry , small business , Congress , House Small Business Committee , Steve Chabot , reverse auctions , contract bundling , small business contracting goals , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:36pm EDT

Bill Shear, Director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues, GAO

The Small Business Administration has a problem with its Historically Underutilized Business Zones designation. According to a new GAO report, SBA has no way to inform businesses when they might no longer qualify as a HUBZone. Or when the zone they operate in might not longer be considered a HUBZone. For more on the report, and what SBA can do to improve, Bill Shear, director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Bill Shear , GAO , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Historically Underutilized Business Zones , HUB Zones ,

Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:06am EST
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Small companies to take on bigger contracts under SBA proposed rule

A new rule proposed by the Small Business Administration could help small companies team up to go after larger government contracts, says John Shoraka, associate administrator of government contracting and business at SBA.

Tags: contracting , John Shoraka , Federal Drive , Jory Heckman , Defense Authorization bill

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 11:31am EST
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John Shoraka, Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is proposing a new rule that it says will help small companies get government contracts. Among the changes is that two or more small firms could bid as a joint venture, while not losing their small-business status. To discuss that and more, John Shoraka, SBA's Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Tags: John Shoraka , Small Business Administration , contracting , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 08:55am EST
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New year may bring more small business help from Washington

Gridlock in Washington in recent years has stalled tax bills and other legislation aimed at helping small companies, but such proposals are expected to be on the agenda in the Republican-led Congress.

Tags: Congress , small business , Small Business Administration , Industry , John Arensmeyer , Todd McCracken

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 11:26am EST

Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Government contracting can be a very useful tool for enhancing social and economic changes that Congress deems worthy. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." Sullivan has been exploring these myths on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Today Sullivan tackles the penultimate myth - number 9: Only the big guys succeed. That myth seems easy to debunk given the amount of small business contracting the federal government does ... but not everyone reads past the headline of the big awards.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , Federal News Radio , Tom Temin , contracting ,

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 07:56am EST
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Contracting Myth No. 9 - Only the big guys succeed

Congress ranks small business right up there with motherhood and apple pie. Small businesses should take advantage of this fact, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan.

Tags: small business , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , Tim Sullivan , Acquisition , contracting ,

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 03:27am EST

SBA proposed size standard change riles small IT resellers

The Small Business Administration received more than 200 comments about a proposed rule to eliminate the exception to how IT value-added resellers are classified as small contractors. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairman of the Small Business Committee, wrote a letter to SBA asking for the rule to be retracted and improved.

Tags: Jason Miller , House Small Business Committee , Sam Graves , IT , IT value-added resellers , size standards , American Small Business Coalition , Guy Timberlake , Dempsey Fontana , James Fontana , Ken Dodds , Industry , Acquisition

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 04:03am EST
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