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6:07 pm, July 22, 2014

SBA News

SBA delays in implementing rule changes costs small contractors millions

Lawmakers and small business contractors are wondering why the Small Business Administration has not implemented the procurement reforms that President Obama signed into law 18 months ago.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 12:14pm EDT

New ‘hallways' lead to strategic sourcing expansion

Under the Obama administration's strategic sourcing cross-agency priority goal, new commodity managers will oversee "hallways" for information technology, administration and human resources across government. The hope is that the managers and their teams of experts will be able to offer guidance and best practices to agencies when it comes to strategic sourcing.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 05:54pm EDT

8,400 additional businesses to qualify for SBA loans, assistance

The Small Business Administration adjusted its monetary size standards for inflation, allowing nearly 9,000 additional small businesses to qualify for loans and financial assistance.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:15am EDT

SBA agenda: Communicate, counsel, loan faster

Two months into her tenure, Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration, is still getting a handle on what's working at SBA and what needs to be changed.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 02:06pm EDT

GAO denies latest protest of Office Supplies 3 solicitation

Lawyers say GSA's analysis of the impact of OS3 on small businesses met the requirements under the Small Business Jobs Act.

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 11:39am EDT

The SBA's role in saving Detroit

Gerald Moore, Michigan district director for the Small Business Administration, will talk about the business climate in the city of Detroit and what the SBA is doing to help companies located there.
May 2, 2014

Friday - 05/02/2014, 08:20pm EDT
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Concerns over contract bundling cast shadow over 2013 small business successes

All signs are pointing to the fact that despite the government spending less overall on acquisition last year, agencies met the statutory goal of awarding at least 23 percent of all prime contracts to small businesses. Experts say contract consolidation and bundling will negatively impact small firms in the coming years.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:16am EDT

The SBA's role in saving Detroit

Gerald Moore, Michigan district director for the Small Business Administration, will talk about the business climate in the city of Detroit and what the SBA is doing to help companies located there.
April 18, 2014

Friday - 04/18/2014, 08:20pm EDT
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Industry Chatter: Darryl Hairston & Lourdes Martin-Rosa

The Small Business Administration is working with agencies across government to boost small business contracting numbers. One of the ways they're doing it is the 8a program. On Industry Chatter, Darryl Hairston, associate administrator for the 8(a) Business Development program at SBA and Lourdes Martin-Rosa, chief executive officer of GovBiz Solutions, discuss where the program is today and where it's going.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 05:27pm EDT
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Biden swears in new SBA head

Vice President Joe Biden has sworn in Maria Contreras-Sweet as the new head of the Small Business Administration.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 05:20pm EDT

SBA finds fault with GSA's strategic sourcing analysis for office supplies

SBA said GSA's impact analysis failed on two main accounts. SBA said it disagreed on GSA's claim that OS3 is a follow-on contract to OS2 and therefore is not a consolidation of contract requirements subject to the provisions of the Small Business Act. SBA also said GSA's argument that it is "contrary to law" to provide an economic analysis on the consequences of small business on a consolidated contract is wrong.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 12:30pm EDT

Obama nominates Calif. businesswoman to lead SBA

Obama's pick to head SBA is California businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 08:50pm EST

Agency watchdogs seek more independence, budget boost

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says agency inspectors general are increasingly facing obstacles in their efforts to uncover waste and misconduct. The top watchdogs at both the Justice Department and the Peace Corps told lawmakers they've faced resistance from their agencies at times in turning over records in recent years. Lawmakers also expressed concern about the impact of across-the-board budget cuts on the operations agency IG operations.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 05:21pm EST

CIO shuffle continues at SBA, DHS, OPM

SBA, OPM have new CIOs as the carousel in government IT spins once again.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 06:09pm EST

VA puts reverse auctions on hiatus again to study value proposition

The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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VA retains the decider role over veteran-owned status protests

In an interim final rule issued last week in the Federal Register, VA announced it would not cede the control of deciding on socio-economic status protests to the Small Business Administration. VA moved the decision authority to the director of the Center for Veterans Enterprise instead of the director of the Office of Small and Disadvantage Business Utilization (OSDBU).

Monday - 10/07/2013, 05:47pm EDT

SBA names Jeanne Hulit as acting chief

The Small Business Administration names agency official Jeanne Hulit as its acting head. Current SBA Administrator Karen Mills will leave her position at the end of August.

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 01:57pm EDT

Acting head named to Small Business Administration

Head of Small Business Administration's Capital Access Office named acting SBA administrator

Tuesday - 08/20/2013, 04:08pm EDT

Bill to give SBA complete oversight of veteran small business program

House Small Business and Veterans Affairs committee members plan to introduce a bill Thursday to make the service-disabled veteran-owned small business program less cumbersome, confusing and more transparent.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 05:54am EDT

New rule requires larger focus on small business subcontractors

The Small Business Administration issued a final rule to implement the Small Business Jobs Act. It requires prime contractors to report when they do not pay small business contractors on time. Contracting officers also must oversee small business subcontractor performance more closely.

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 04:40pm EDT
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