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OFPP calls for more micro-purchase spending with small firms

A new memo from OFPP and OMB tells agencies to improve training to buy more from small businesses through the government charge card.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , OFPP , OMB , Dan Gordon , Karen Mills , Danny Werfel , micro-purchase threshold , government charge card , gsa , Small business contracting , jason miller

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 04:25pm EST

IGs push for greater whistleblower protections for contractors

Whistleblowers at government contractors need better protections against reprisal and need to know how to contact agency inspectors general. Two IGs and a whistleblower awaiting trial were among the witnesses at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. It is considering legislation to extend federal whistleblower protections to all contractors, subcontractors and local governments receiving federal funds.

Tags: contracting , whistleblowers , Senate , Claire McCaskill , Rob Portman , Walter Tamosaitis , Hanford Waste Treatment Plan , Energy , DoD , Marguerite Garrison , Peggy Gustafson , Recovery Act , transparency , URS , Bechtel , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 04:26pm EST
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Small business contracting chief leaving for OMB

Joseph Jordan will begin his new job in mid-December as adviser to OMB Deputy Director Jeff Zients, an OMB spokeswoman told Federal News Radio. He joined the Small Business Administration in March 2009.

Tags: Joseph Jordan , people , OMB , contracting , acquisition , Ruben Gomez

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 03:31pm EST

Senate confirms Obama's chief counsel for advocacy nominee

Dr. Winslow Sargeant will be the new chief counsel for advocacy of the Small Business Administration.

Tags: Winslow Sargeant , Office of Advocacy , President Obama , Senate , Congress

Monday - 11/21/2011, 12:26pm EST

Analysis: Vets need small biz guidance

Scott Denniston, executive director of programs at the National Veteran-Owned Business Association, discusses the barriers to veterans getting small business contracts.

Tags: Scott Denniston , VA , contracting , In Depth , National Veteran-Owned Business Association

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 07:46pm EST
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Analysis: No 'unincentive' to commit small biz fraud

Guy Timberlake is co-founder of the American Small Business Coalition.

Tags: Guy Timberlake , American Small Business Coalition , gsa , contracting , In Depth

Tuesday - 11/08/2011, 07:04pm EST
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Senators call for probe into veteran-owned contracting

Three senators are calling for a Government Accountability Office investigation to ensure federal contracts are actually going to businesses owned by veterans and service-disabled vets.

Tags: Patty Murray , Claire McCaskill , Maria Cantwell , Senate , VA , veteran-owned business , contracting , acquisition , Small Business Act

Monday - 11/07/2011, 07:32pm EST

IGs recommend harsher deterrents for small biz fraud

The inspectors general at the General Services Administration and the Small Business Administration propose the government prosecute small business contract fraud based on the contract amount instead of the financial loss to the government.

Tags: Peggy Gustafson , Brian Miller , gsa , IG , contracting , contracting fraud , acquisition , Jolie Lee

Friday - 11/04/2011, 04:07pm EDT

Agencies can say no to GAO recs

By law, agencies do not have to follow GAO's recommendations but most do, says William Welch, chair of the Government Contracts Practice Group at General Counsel.

Tags: William Welch , General Counsel , GAO , VA , contracting , bid protest , In Depth , Congress

Monday - 10/31/2011, 04:37pm EDT
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