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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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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Small Business Administration is reviewing more than 200 comments on a proposed change to part of the size standard for companies that are IT value added resellers. SBA wants to remove an exception to how these IT VARs are classified as small contractors. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told In Depth with Francis Rose why some small companies are concerned about the proposal.

Tags: IT value-added resellers , size standards , information technology , Jason Miller , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:25pm EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A big contractor goes to court to challenge the Veterans Affairs Department's plan to limit a solicitation for services to small businesses - and the big guy wins. The details of the case make it one to watch, according to our procurement expert. Attorney Joe Petrillo explained the case of Rotech v. United States on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Federal Drive , Veterans Affairs , Rotech , Legal Loop , contracting , acquisition ,

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:09pm EDT
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More openings at OMB than just VanRoekel

Steve VanRoekel isn't the only one leaving the E-Government office.

Tags: OMB , technology , people , Scott Renda , Jenn Gustetic , NASA , OSTP , challenges , Eric Won , Bob Brese , Gartner , Cristin Dorgelo , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/19/2014, 06:23pm EDT

GSA reignites strategic sourcing of office supplies with new contract awards

The General Services Administration chose 21 companies for its latest Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative for Office Supplies contract (OS3) -- 20 of which are small businesses. GSA said it expects this newest generation of contracts to build on the savings and success of OS2 and particularly benefit small businesses.

Tags: GSA , OS3 , acquisition , strategic sourcing , FAS , Tom Sharpe , Stephanie Wasko , contracting , FSSI

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:27pm EDT

Glenn Delgado, Associate Administrator Office of Small Business Programs, NASA

For the first time in nearly a decade, the government earned an 'A' for meeting its small business contracting goals. That's 23 percent of contracting dollars across the government. NASA got the equivalent of an 'A+'. Nearly 30 percent of its contracts went to small and disadvantaged businesses. How did they do it? Glenn Delgado is associate administrator of NASA's Office of Small Business Programs. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive that the commitment starts at the top.

Tags: Glenn Delgado , NASA , small business , contracting ,

Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:59pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Fiscal 2013 was a banner year for small business contractors. For the first time in almost a decade, agencies awarded 23 percent of all available contracts to small firms. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details on how the government met its small business contracting goal. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , contracting , acquistion

Monday - 08/04/2014, 08:24am EDT
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Agencies end 9-year small business contracting drought

For the first time since 2005, the government awarded at least 23 percent of all prime contracts to small businesses. The Small Business Administration reported Friday small firms received $83 billion out of a possible $355 billion in 2013.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Small business goals , Maria Contreras-Sweet , John Shoraka , Ben Cardin , Sam Graves , House Small Business Committee , Jason Miller

Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:54am EDT
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SBA delays in implementing rule changes costs small contractors millions

Lawmakers and small business contractors are wondering why the Small Business Administration has not implemented the procurement reforms that President Obama signed into law 18 months ago.

Tags: industry , contracting , set aside contracts , House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting a , small business , Richard Hanna , NDAA , Charlotte Baker , John Shoraka , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 12:14pm EDT

New ‘hallways' lead to strategic sourcing expansion

Under the Obama administration's strategic sourcing cross-agency priority goal, new commodity managers will oversee "hallways" for information technology, administration and human resources across government. The hope is that the managers and their teams of experts will be able to offer guidance and best practices to agencies when it comes to strategic sourcing.

Tags: strategic sourcing , acquisition , technology , OMB , GSA , DoD , GAO , Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council , OS3 , Stephanie Wasko , cross-agency goals

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 05:54pm EDT
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