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Small business contracting goal remains elusive

The Obama administration has pushed agencies to increase contracting opportunities with small business, most notably creating a governmentwide task force to share best practices. Yet the federal government on a whole has continued to miss its 23 percent small business contracting goal. Federal News Radio examines this issue as part of our special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: John Shoraka , OFPP , Joe Jordan , acquisition , contracting , set-asides , Mauricio Vera , USAID , Jeanette Brown , EPA , small business , Obama Impact , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:57am EDT
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Veterans group calls for legislative fix to VA contracting rule

Vietnam Veterans of America alleges the Veterans Affairs Department's service-disabled veteran-owned business set aside program is keeping legitimately qualified companies from competing for VA contracts. The group advocates loosening a rule that requires service-disabled veterans maintain unconditional control of all business decisions.

Tags: Veteran Affairs , contracting , Congress , Bill Johnson , Thomas Leney , Ruben Gomez , Rick Weidman , Vietnam Veterans of America , Small business contracting , industry , House Veterans Affairs Committee

Monday - 08/13/2012, 05:16am EDT
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VA not doing enough to verify service-disabled veteran owned firms

GAO highlights a need for tighter controls to fix the contracting program.

Tags: GAO , GSA , Service-disabled veteran owned small business , Veterans Affairs , VetBiz , contracting , acquisition , acquisition policy , industry , Taeja Smith

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 05:11am EDT

OMB redoubles call for prompt payments to small subs

Acting Director Jeff Zients asks SBA and the FAR Council to create a proposed rule to change the acquisition regulations calling for prime contractors to pay small subcontractors more quickly.

Tags: contracting , industry , prompt payment , OMB , Jeff Zients , Small business contracting , Jason Miller

Friday - 07/13/2012, 02:54pm EDT

7 agencies make progress on implementing 'cloud first,' GAO says

The Government Accountability Office assessed the performance of seven federal agencies in migrating some of their services to the cloud as required by the Office of Management and Budget. Five of the seven agencies succeeded in meeting OMB's requirements and the other two are expected to be compliant by year's end.

Tags: Cloud First , OMB , GAO , HHS , GSA , DHS , Treasury , USDA , technology , information technology , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Friday - 07/13/2012, 06:42am EDT

All things small biz

Author Steve Koprince will talk about his book and the challenges facing small business contractors.
July 9, 2012(Encore presentation August 6, 2012)

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , Steve Koprince , small business , set asides , SDVOSB , Subcontracting , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 07/09/2012, 07:36pm EDT
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In 2011, small federal contractors took it on the chin twice as hard

SBA released data today that showed the amount of total dollars going to small firms is down as are the overall percentage of contracts small businesses won in 2011. Agencies made only one governmentwide goal for SDBs last year.

Tags: contracting , small business , HUBZone , veterans , VA , John Shoraka , Jason Miller , set-asides

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 01:34pm EDT
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OFPP, SBA trying to fix small business contracting shortcomings

Procurement chief Joe Jordan and SBA Administrator Karen Mills highlighted three long-time challenges in a new memo to senior agency officials. Agencies have until July 9 to detail steps they will take to address three areas.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , OMB , OFPP , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Karen Mills , Joe Jordan , Jason Miller , small business

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:34pm EDT

Feds' satisfaction with pay dips after two-year freeze

Federal employees were less satisfied with their pay after the two-year pay freeze went into effect in 2010, according to a report by the Partnership for Public Service. Although higher-ranking feds were most satisfied with their pay, the highest-ranking feds those at the SES level had the biggest dip in pay satisfaction over the previous year.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , FDIC , NASA , NRC , OPM , EPA , GSA , State , SSA , education , DoT , Labor , TSA

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 08:00pm EDT
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