Small Business Administration

  • 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.

  • Veterans group calls for legislative fix to VA contracting rule

    Vietnam Veterans of America alleges the Veterans Affairs Department’s service-disabled veteran-owned business set aside program is keeping legitimately qualified companies from competing for VA contracts. The group advocates loosening a rule that requires service-disabled veterans maintain unconditional control of all business decisions.

  • VA not doing enough to verify service-disabled veteran owned firms

    GAO highlights a need for tighter controls to fix the contracting program.

  • OMB redoubles call for prompt payments to small subs

    Acting Director Jeff Zients asks SBA and the FAR Council to create a proposed rule to change the acquisition regulations calling for prime contractors to pay small subcontractors more quickly.

  • 7 agencies make progress on implementing ‘cloud first,’ GAO says

    The Government Accountability Office assessed the performance of seven federal agencies in migrating some of their services to the cloud as required by the Office of Management and Budget. Five of the seven agencies succeeded in meeting OMB’s requirements and the other two are expected to be compliant by year’s end.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • New OFPP administrator has sights set on workforce, ‘buying smarter’

    Joe Jordan has led the Office of Federal Procurement Policy for a little more than two weeks. But he’s wasting no time setting priorities. Jordan spoke to In Depth with Francis Rose as part of Federal News Radio’s week-long special report, Inside the World’s Biggest Buyer.

  • 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.

  • Feds’ satisfaction with pay dips after two-year freeze

    Federal employees were less satisfied with their pay after the two-year pay freeze went into effect in 2010, according to a report by the Partnership for Public Service. Although higher-ranking feds were most satisfied with their pay, the highest-ranking feds — those at the SES level — had the biggest dip in pay satisfaction over the previous year.