Sam Graves

  • 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.

  • Bills aim to fix construction contracting potholes for small businesses

    House Small Business Committee members introduce two bills to ban reverse auctions in many cases and mandate a two-step process to evaluate design and build procurements.

  • Agencies fall short of small business contracting goals for 7th straight year

    While agencies missed their overall small business goal in 2012, they did meet the governmentwide goals for small disadvantaged businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) said the results are “unacceptable.”

  • USPS employees to see less overtime, more buyouts under 5-day delivery plan

    Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the service can no longer afford to delivery first class mail six-days a week. He said cutting back by one day a week would save about $2 billion a year. USPS still would have a $14 billion deficit and needs help from Congress to address other fiscal challenges.

  • House votes to block contractor disclosure

    Three members of the House and four members of the Senate introduce companion pieces of legislation to head off the White House’s draft executive order requiring contractors to disclose political contributions.

  • Hearing offers little clarity to campaign disclosure proposal

    Republican House lawmakers are frustrated and concerned over the draft Executive Order requiring contractors to make campaign contributions public. OFPP’s Dan Gordon declines to answer specific questions about the proposal, but said transparency is key to ensuring trust in the procurement system.

  • SBA to name new HUBZone director

    Grande Lum will lead a program that has been plagued by fraud and abuse. GAO successfully received HUBZone certifications for three bogus firms in sting operation. SBA administrator promises more oversight of the program.