House Small Business Committee

  • New legislation looks to revitalize lagging SBA HUBZone program, underdeveloped communities

    Vendors are saying that a new bill would go far toward addressing some of the biggest failings of SBA’s HUBZone program.

  • Agencies could better protect whistleblowers working for contractors

    In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the Government Accountability Office reviews how well agencies are applying the Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program.

  • Lawmakers berate SBA for trying to ‘usurp authority’ in HUBZone program

    The House Small Business Committee had a number of bones to pick with the Small Business Association’s HUBZone program, including the agency’s decision to ignore a certain provision in the program’s requirements.

  • Growing confusion over category management sparks Hill interest

    Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), chairman and ranking member of the Small Business Committee respectively, wrote a letter to GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth in early April asking for more details on how GSA is ensuring category management doesn’t impact small businesses.

  • USPS, VA shuffle chairs of IT executives

    Kristin Seaver steps in to the CIO and executive vice president roles after spending the last two-plus years working as the vice president of area operations for the Capital Metro Area.

  • Agencies end 20 years of contracting failures

    The Small Business Administration is reporting that agencies surpassed the 5 percent governmentwide goal of awarding contracts to women-owned small businesses in 2015 for the first time ever.

  • Small business, hazing top NDAA wishlist for lawmakers

    Lawmakers pushed for provisions of the Defending American’s Small Contractors bill to be folded into the 2017 NDAA.

  • Surprises in the SBA reauthorization bill

    The Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016 would make the ability to protest task orders worth more than $10 million permanent.

  • SBA on tight deadline to fix 30 IT vulnerabilities

    SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet said she’s also reviewing candidates for the agency’s chief information officer position but gave no indication that she had selected a person or when that position might get filled. The agency’s former CIO, Renee Macklin, left SBA over the summer.

  • Agencies break record for small business contracting awards

    The federal government awarded 24.99 percent of its prime contract dollars to small firms during fiscal 2014, the largest percentage on record. But Congressional overseers called the administration’s statistics misleading since they do not account for tens of billions of dollars in federal spending.