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VA puts reverse auctions on hiatus again to study value proposition

The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.

Tags: contracting , industry , GAO , Michele Mackin , OFPP , Richard Hanna , House Small Business Committee , House Veterans Affairs Committee , VA , Jan Frye , Bill Sisk , GSA , Major Clark , reverse auctions , Congress , FedBid , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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VA retains the decider role over veteran-owned status protests

In an interim final rule issued last week in the Federal Register, VA announced it would not cede the control of deciding on socio-economic status protests to the Small Business Administration. VA moved the decision authority to the director of the Center for Veterans Enterprise instead of the director of the Office of Small and Disadvantage Business Utilization (OSDBU).

Tags: acquisition , contracting , VA , industry , Service-disabled veteran owned small business program , Federal Register , Jason Miller ,

Monday - 10/07/2013, 05:47pm EDT

Bill to give SBA complete oversight of veteran small business program

House Small Business and Veterans Affairs committee members plan to introduce a bill Thursday to make the service-disabled veteran-owned small business program less cumbersome, confusing and more transparent.

Tags: contracting , industry , VA , House Small Business Committee , Mike Coffman , Sam Graves , Veteran-owned small business , Congress , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 05:54am EDT

New rule requires larger focus on small business subcontractors

The Small Business Administration issued a final rule to implement the Small Business Jobs Act. It requires prime contractors to report when they do not pay small business contractors on time. Contracting officers also must oversee small business subcontractor performance more closely.

Tags: Small Business Jobs Act , contracting , industry , Cogan Schneier , subcontracing

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 04:40pm EDT

SBA relying on shared services to improve cyber posture

Chase Garwood, the SBA acting CIO, said the agency is working with DHS and Justice to improve the security of its internal and external customer-facing systems.
July 4, 2013

Tags: Chase Garwood , technology , cybersecurity , Microsoft , data management , shared services , mobile computing , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/04/2013, 10:11am EDT
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Agencies fall short of small business contracting goals for 7th straight year

While agencies missed their overall small business goal in 2012, they did meet the governmentwide goals for small disadvantaged businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) said the results are "unacceptable."

Tags: Small business contracting , Small business goals , contracting , acquisition , John Shoraka , Sam Graves , Congress , House Small Business Committee , Cris Young , Small Business Chamber of Commerce , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 06:18am EDT
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SBA relying on shared services to improve cyber posture

Chase Garwood, the SBA acting CIO, said the agency is working with DHS and Justice to improve the security of its internal and external customer-facing systems.
May 1, 2013

Tags: Chase Garwood , technology , cybersecurity , Microsoft , data management , shared services , mobile computing , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/01/2013, 10:11am EDT
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SBA implements stricter requirements for size certifications

The SBA updated regulations governing how small businesses represent their size and status in order to guard against businesses falsely representing themselves as "small" to garner government contracts.

Tags: contracting , industry , small business , Small business size standards , Melissa Dawkins

Monday - 07/01/2013, 08:34pm EDT

IRS severing ties with firm amid $500 million in questionable contracts

The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it is seeking to cut its business relationship with a firm that may have had inside access to the agency's procurement decisions. Lawmakers also questioned agency decisions to award the company special status as veteran-owned and serving economically-disadvantaged areas.

Tags: contracting , Congress , Darrell Issa , Strong Castle , SDVOSB , HUBZone , Tammy Duckworth , TIGTA , Jared Serbu , IRS

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 05:27am EDT
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