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SBA increases transparency requirements

Rep. Thompson and Sen. McCaskill have recently proposed companion bills to make changes to the contracting program.

Tags: 8(a) , contracting , industry , Alaska Native Corporations , Bennie Thompson , Claire McCaskill , John Buckner

Friday - 02/11/2011, 07:18pm EST

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 , 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 , Karen Mills , Olympia Snowe , Nydia Velazquez , Eileen Harrington , Sara Lipscomb , 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 , Karen Mills , Marie Johns , Kevin Mahoney , 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 , Karen Mills , Marie Johns , David Robbins , Michael Chodos , Keith Lucas , Elaine Powell Belnavis , 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 , Karen Mills , Marie Johns , 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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16 agencies sign on to help military families

Caring for the families of military personnel requires a coordinated approach across the federal government, President Obama said Monday. He said agencies have made 50 separate commitments to coordinate programs designed to assist the loved ones of servicemembers.

Tags: DoD , management , Barack Obama , Michelle Obama , Jill Biden , White House , HHS , VA , Labor , Commerce , military benefits , Nicole Alcorn , Sue Hoppin , Todd Bowers , Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America , National Military Spouse Network , Jared Serbu , DoD Report , Pentagon , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/25/2011, 06:58am EST
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Seven steps to winning a government contract

We learn how to "Learn the Hidden Secrets that all Contractors Need to Know!" and how to get a running start in under a day from Summit Insight's Judy Bradt.

Tags: Federal Drive , contracting , Summit Insight , Judy Bradt , WSOB , Wounded Warrior Project , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 01/17/2011, 09:31am EST
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SBA to the rescue with COOP planning help

If you're not prepared, a disaster could put you and your employees at risk, possibly shutting down your business forever. Agility Recovery Solutions' Bob Boyd tells us about a new way to prepare for the worst.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , COOP , Agility Recovery Solutions , Bob Boyd

Friday - 01/14/2011, 09:31am EST
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