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Is SBA disaster ready?

Five years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, doubts over SBA's efficiency, effectiveness emerge

Tags: Federal Drive , contracting , management , Hurricane Katrina , Associated Press , Mich Weiss

Tuesday - 08/24/2010, 11:58am EDT
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Agencies opening up slowly under FOIA mandate

The Justice Department's new report finds that the number of partial documents released last year increased by 50,000. Many agencies also reduced their backlog of FOIA requests. Agencies say some of improvements can be attributed to increased attention across the government and better technology.

Tags: management , technology , Melanie Pustay , DoJ , DHS , Interior , IRS , Commerce , Institute of Museum and Library Services , FOIA , openness , transparency , Web 2.0 , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 08/03/2010, 06:55am EDT
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Phony firms make the grade for HUBZone

As part of its latest undercover operation, the Government Accountability Office obtained certification in the Historically Underutilized Business Zone program for three phony firms. SBA's Joe Jordan tells us about changes being made to HUBZone as a result.

Tags: Federal Drive , GAO , HUBZone , Joe Jordan , management , contracting

Monday - 08/02/2010, 10:08am EDT
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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 , Karen Mills , Nydia Velazquez , Sam Graves , Greg Kutz , House Small Business Committee , GAO , DoJ , HUBZone program , Small business contracting , Jason Miller

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

Task force seeks comments on small business contracting

The administration is looking for ways to improve contracting with small businesses and wants the public's input.

Tags: contracting , OMB , Commerce , White House , Interagency Task Force , small business , Meg Beasley

Monday - 06/14/2010, 03:25pm EDT

Lady Liberty contractor grows step by step

Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year, Kalimex, reopened the stairs to the crown in the Statue of Liberty for the first time since 9/11, ensuring visitors' safe ascent up the famous double helix stairway to the observation level in the statue's crown. Vice-president Kevin O'Brien walks us through it.

Tags: Federal Drive , contracting , Statue of Liberty , Kalimex , Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year , Kevin O'Brien

Wednesday - 06/02/2010, 10:31am EDT
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Google and SBA offer big tips for small business

The "Tools for Online Success" site features tutorials, video testimonials, and tips from savvy small business people who have leveraged the web to become more efficient, more cost-effective, and more successful. Joe Zepecki, deputy assistant administrator for communications at the SBA explains.

Tags: Federal Drive , Google , technology , contracting

Monday - 05/17/2010, 10:52am EDT
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Obama calls for more small business contracting

The President also establishes a new task force on veterans small business development. New executive order on small business requires a new Web site to list agency small business contracting data. The order also creates a new interagency taskforce to make recommendations on improving federal progress in meeting governmentwide goals.

Tags: contracting , Barack Obama , OMB , Commerce , Small business contracting , Interagency task force on small business contracti , Small business Web site , Veterans-owned businesses , executive order

Tuesday - 04/27/2010, 06:11am EDT

White House ready to reveal identity management plans

OMB will issue a new memo on HSPD-12 in the coming weeks. Agencies are feeling more pressure to meet the secure identity card requirements. Administration is also closer to finalizing new strategy for securing online transactions.

Tags: technology , Paul Grant , Mike Butler , DoD , VA , DoT , Interagency Smart Card Advisory Board , OMB , CIO Council , Committee on National Security Systems , TechStat , HSPD-12 , Secure identity , Identity, credential and access management , Secure online transactions strategy

Friday - 04/02/2010, 07:01am EDT
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SBA tries for less disparity in disparity ratios

SBA awarded a contract to the KauffmanRAND Institute for Entrepreneurship Public Policy (RAND) to complete a revised study of the availability and utilization of WomenOwned Small Businesses in prime contracts. In the study, RAND computed disparity ratios in twentyeight different ways.

Tags: mngt , best practices , women owned small businesses , Joe Jordan

Monday - 03/08/2010, 10:30am EST
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