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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 , Karen Mills , 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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Big honors for small business use

In honoring Pantex in the manufacturing category, the SBA recognized the site for its "hard work, innovative ideas and dedication" and for its achievements in the community. We learn more from Pantex's John Woolery.

Tags: Federal Drive , contracting , NNSA , B&W Pantex , John Woolery , Eisenhower Award ,

Friday - 04/22/2011, 10:08am EDT
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New SBA rules have a big impact

Will the proposed changes help small business participation in federal contracting? We ask Microtech's Tony Jimenez.

Tags: Federal Drive , contracting , budget , MicroTech , Tony Jimenez

Monday - 04/11/2011, 09:31am EDT
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SBA on the scene in earthquake-impact areas

James Rivera, the SBA's associate administrator for the Office of Disaster Assistance, joined the Federal Drive with details on the agency's response in California and Hawaii

Tags: Federal Drive , management , earthquake response , James Rivera

Friday - 04/01/2011, 09:41am EDT
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Agencies must justify large 8(a) contracts

The FAR Councils are adding a new set of controls to contracts worth more than $20 million going to vendors in the socioeconomic program. This interim rule is in reaction to problems that surfaced last year when 8(a) firms were passing most of the work under the award to large businesses. Agencies also have new requirements to determine the order of priority for small business programs, around multiple-award contracts and when to use other than firm-fixed price contracts.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , OFPP , GSA , IRMCO , FAR Councils , 8(a) program , HUBZone program , service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses , multiple-award contracts , firm fixed price contracts , Alaskan Native Corporations , sole source contracts , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 08:08am EDT
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Agencies must justify large contracts to 8(a) firms

The FAR Councils are adding a new set of controls to contracts worth more than $20 million going to vendors in the socioeconomic program. This interim rule is in reaction to problems that surfaced last year when 8(a) firms were passing most of the work under the award to large businesses. Agencies also have new requirements to determine the order of priority for small business programs, around multiple-award contracts and when to use other than firm-fixed price contracts.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , OFPP , GSA , IRMCO , FAR Councils , 8(a) program , HUBZone program , service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses , multiple-award contracts , firm fixed price contracts , Alaskan Native Corporations , sole source contracts , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:29am EDT

Employee sues SBA for discrimination, retaliation

Karla Saunders alleges the agency violated her civil rights and she was a victim of reprisals. SBA declines to comment.

Tags: management , Karla Saunders , Jonathan Swain , Office of Special Counsel , Vincent Melehy , Melehy and Associates , district court , whistleblower retaliation , Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/11/2011, 05:32pm EST
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Many agencies are not under a hiring freeze

Federal News Radio surveyed 10 agencies to find out how they are preparing for a shutdown, and how operating under a continuing resolution is affecting their operations.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , shutdown , OMB , Transportation , GPO , HUD , Justice , NASA , State , Commerce , Energy , NRC , DoT , hiring freeze , John Buckner

Thursday - 03/03/2011, 07:46pm EST

SBA gets squarely behind startup roundtables

As part of the White House's Startup America initiative, senior Obama Administration officials will visit eight cities to meet with entrepreneurs and hear directly from them on ideas and suggestions for reducing barriers and regulations to build a more supportive environment for entrepreneurship and innovation. We learn more about it from SBA's Sean Greene.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , roundtables , Sean Greene

Tuesday - 03/01/2011, 09:41am EST
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Bill would protect minority, women-owned firms

Sen. Casey proposes legislation that would prevent prime contractors from abusing subcontractors in the acquisitions process.

Tags: contracting , industry , Bob Casey , minority-owned firms , women-owned businesses , John Buckner

Thursday - 02/17/2011, 01:27pm EST
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