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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: 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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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 , SBA , 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 , SBA , HUBZone , veterans , VA , John Shoraka , Jason Miller , set-asides

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 01:34pm EDT
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Contractors in Growth Niches Top $100 Million: BGOV Insight

Companies specializing in health technology, surveillance and services for military special operations bucked the decline in federal contract spending last year, according to a Bloomberg Government report.

Tags: Brian Friel , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , contracting , industry , acquisition

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 11:42am EDT
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What's ahead for small business?

Tom Johnson, publisher of Set-Aside Alert talks about the challenges facing contractors.
July 2, 2012(Encore presentation August 20, 2012)

Tags: acquisition , contracting , government market , Tom Johnson , Set Aside Alert , set-asides , DoD , Department of Veteran Affairs , OMB , Mythbusters , IT procurements , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 07/02/2012, 11:37pm 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 , SBA , OMB , OFPP , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Karen Mills , Joe Jordan , Jason Miller ,

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

Small business contracting: The keys to success

Guy Timberlake, chief visionary officer of the American Small Business Coalition joins host Mark Amtower to discuss what small business contractors can do to increase their business.
June 4, 2012

Tags: acquisition , contracting , ASBC , Guy Timberlake , GSA schedules , government market , IDIQs , simplified acquisition , networking , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 06/04/2012, 06:59pm EDT
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