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Air Force has new plan to increase small business contracting

The service will use both penalties and incentives to get their program offices and large businesses to award more prime and subcontracts to small firms. The Air Force issued a new small business improvement plan that details three goals to increase both the percentage of contracts and dollars going to small companies.

Tags: Contracting , acquisition , Small business contracting , Joseph McDade , Air Force , Defense , Industry , David Van Buren , AFCEA , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/24/2012, 05:28am EST
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Report: Many small-business contracts awarded to large companies

Some of the biggest contracts for small businesses are awarded to companies that are not that small, according to a recent report from the American Small Business League. Brian Reeder, the league's communications director, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the report's findings.

Tags: small business , Industry , acquisition , Contracting , acquisition workforce , American Small Business League , Brian Reeder , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 02/27/2012, 05:40pm EST
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Outside experts see White House merger plan hitting choppy waters

There's waste and confusion among the six trade- and business-focused agencies that the White House wants to consolidate. That's the conclusion of four panelists who debated the merits of the proposed merger at the American Enterprise Institute, a free-market Washington think tank. They disagreed, however, on the best solution.

Tags: workforce , management , Commerce , USTR , federal reorganization , consolidation , Chamber of Commerce , Center for American Progress , American Enterprise Institute , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 02/23/2012, 02:39pm EST
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After formal request, administration takes own steps on agency overhaul process

President Barack Obama has asked Congress to let his administration reshape the way the federal government is structured a power the office of the President last held in 1984.

Tags: Commerce , government reorganization , John Kamensky , IBM Center for the Business of Government , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 06:10pm EST
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White House unveils new trade initiatives, website as first steps in agency overhaul

Just days after President Barack Obama officially asked Congress for the authority to consolidate federal agencies, the administration has announced interim steps it will take to promote business and trade. They include the launch of a website focused on making it easier for businesses particularly small ones to work with the government.

Tags: OMB , Commerce , management , Congress , Barack Obama , Steven VanRoekel , BusinessUSA.gov , federal reorganization , Lisa Brown , Michael Froman

Monday - 02/20/2012, 04:05pm EST

Analysis: SBA size standards overhaul 'overdue'

Rob Burton, a partner at Venable law firm and a former deputy administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, joined In Depth with Francis Rose

Tags: Industry , Rob Burton , Guy Timberlake , small business , small business standards , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 02/17/2012, 08:04pm EST
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Congress mulls expansion of VA's system to verify veteran-owned firms

The Veterans Affairs Department's process for verifying eligibility in the service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses program could become standard procedure for all agencies. VA is the only department that checks to make sure contractors are eligible.

Tags: acquisition , Contracting , Ruben Gomez , Service-disabled veteran owned small business , GAO , House , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee

Friday - 02/10/2012, 07:56pm EST
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SBA increases some small business size standards

Small businesses in 34 industries can earn more money and still be considered small by the government.

Tags: size standards , Contracting , Guy Timberlake , ASBC , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 02/10/2012, 12:36pm EST
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House Small Biz Committee introduces more contracting reform legislation

Lawmakers on the House Small Business Committee introduced three bipartisan bills Wednesday aimed at contracting reform.

Tags: Contracting , acquisition , Joe Walsh , Gerry Connolly , Jaime Herrera Beutler , Kurt Schrader , Bobby Schilling , Judy Chu , Sam Graves , Mick Mulvaney , House Small Business Committee , transparency

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 03:17pm EST
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