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OMB increasing the tempo of strategic sourcing

A new memo from acting OMB Director Jeff Zients to agency leaders codifies an interagency council to oversee the promotion and implementation of bulk buying. Each agency also must name a senior official to oversee their efforts.

Tags: acquisition , Contracting , Jeff Zients , OMB , OFPP , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 01:34pm EST

DoD carries weight of governmentwide small business goal

As the biggest spender in the federal government, the Defense Department has the greatest potential to award contracts to small businesses. But the nature and breadth of defense contracts can leave out small firms. In part one of Federal News Radio's special report, The Small Business Dilemma, we examine how the Pentagon is taking steps to make it easier for small firms to do business with the department.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Contracting , Alice Williams , Army Contracting Command , Sean Crean , Navy , Naval Supply Systems Command , set-asides , Mitch Free , Connecting to American Manufacturing , MFG.com , Small Business Dilemma , Jolie Lee , exclusive

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 08:00am EDT

HUBZone program in transition after losing 30 percent of firms

Federal agencies already have had a hard time meeting their goal to award 3 percent of contract dollars to small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone). But the 2010 Census wiped out more than 30 percent of the HUBZone companies certified by the Small Business Administration leaving agencies searching for new firms and decertified firms trying to figure out what's next.

Tags: HUBZone , Contracting , David Spinazzolo , Metropolitan Laboratories , Mark Crowley , HUBZone Contractors National Council , John Shoraka , SBA , set-asides , Jolie Lee , Small Business Dilemma , exclusive

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 05:00am EDT

EPA, USDA break through small business contracting barriers

The federal government as a whole has consistently missed its goal to award 23 percent of its contract dollars to small businesses. But the government also has examples of agencies bucking that trend. In part two of our special report, The Small Business Dilemma, Federal News Radio speaks with several agencies' about how they're succeeding in the small business contracting arena.

Tags: Contracting , acquisition , SBA , Jeanette Brown , EPA , Dot Harris , Energy , Joe Ware , USDA , Small Business Dilemma , Jolie Lee , exclusive , best practices

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 05:00am EDT

Navy honors Tatigian's 70 years of service

Sarkis Tatigian enlisted in the Navy as a 17-year-old sailor in 1942. After the war, he continued his service to the department in various jobs in and out of uniform. Now, he is being recognized for his seven decades of dedication to the Navy.

Tags: Navy , DoD , NAVSEA , People , Sean Crean , Ray Mabus , Brian Persons , procurement , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 02:14pm EDT

Obama chides Congress for departing with much left

Tags: Barack Obama , SBA , Congress ,

Saturday - 09/22/2012, 10:17am EDT

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: SBA , John Shoraka , OFPP , Joe Jordan , acquisition , Contracting , set-asides , Mauricio Vera , USAID , Jeanette Brown , EPA , Obama Impact , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:57am EDT
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Improvements to how agencies buy goods, services bear out little fruit

In part 4 of Federal News Radio's special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, we examine progress the administration has made in the acquisition arena. We rated one initiative as effective (green), three as ineffective (red) and two as more progress needed (yellow). View the details of each initiative through our interactive dashboard.

Tags: Obama Impact , acquisition , Acquisition policy , Contracting , strategic sourcing , DoD , OFPP , high risk contracts , inherently governmental , vendor-agency relationship , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:27am EDT

Small business contracting

WomenAble CEO Julie Weeks joins host Mark Amtower to talk about her research on small business contractors and what they can do to earn more government business.
September 3, 2012(Encore presentation September 24, 2012)

Tags: Julie Weeks , Womenable , American Express OPEN , NWBO , set asides , acquisition , Contracting , procurement , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center , National Women

Monday - 09/03/2012, 09:31pm EDT
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Irene Katacinski, Naval Surface Warfare Center

Katacinski is the deputy for small business programs of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division.

Tags: Irene Katacinski , Naval Surface Warfare Center , Navy , DoD , acquisition , Contracting ,

Friday - 08/24/2012, 02:21pm EDT
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