Archive: Gov't Contracting

Federal Contracting Program Continues to Suffer from Fraud, Abuse

A Small Business Administration program that provides federal contracting assistance to small firms located in economically disadvantaged areas continues to be rife with fraud and abuse. A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows that the HUBZone program has problems spread throughout the nation, and not just in the...

By Sharon McLoone | March 25, 2009; 01:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Report: SBA Should Better Educate 8(a) Applicants

The Small Business Administration could do a better job of educating applicants about its popular 8(a) loan program, but its effectiveness has been hampered by agency downsizing and budget reductions, according to a new government report (pdf). The SBA's 8(a) program is designed to help small firms gain access to...

By Sharon McLoone | November 24, 2008; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Senators Push for More Transparency in Procurement Plan

The top senators on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee yesterday sent a letter (pdf) to the Small Business Administration requesting that the agency extend the comment period and publish data relating to a rule that would implement a procurement program for women-owned businesses. Panel Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) and...

By Sharon McLoone | October 31, 2008; 01:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Menominee Indian Finds Key to Success in Contracting

Every entrepreneur has an inspiration they draw on to make a business journey -- whether that journey is geographical, psychological, or both. Jonathan Wilber is the CEO of Master Key Consulting and his journey brought him from the Menominee Indian Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin to the suburbs of the nation's...

By Sharon McLoone | October 28, 2008; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

SBA Finds Small Firms Win More Contracts, but Problems Linger

Small businesses won a record $83.2 billion in federal prime contracts in fiscal 2007, but only three of 24 agencies met all of their small business goals as ranked by the Small Business Administration's second annual contracting scorecard, the agency's chief announced today. The federal government database shows that federal...

By Sharon McLoone | October 22, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Agencies Made $5B in Small Business Contracting Mistakes

U.S. government agencies made at least $5 billion in mistakes in their recent reports of contracts awarded to small businesses, with many claiming credit for awards to companies that long ago outgrew the designation or never qualified in the first place, according to a new Washington Post analysis. Staff Writer...

By Sharon McLoone | October 22, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

New Program Educates Women on Contracting Opportunities

The U.S. government is the world's largest purchaser of goods and services so it's no wonder that many small businesses aim to fatten their bottom lines by landing a lucrative federal contract. At least 23 percent of federal agencies' spending must go to small firms. Women-owned businesses have landed a...

By Sharon McLoone | October 21, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

SBA Revises Part of Women Procurement Plan

The Small Business Administration may be holding out an olive branch to critics of its plan to reduce the number of women-owned businesses eligible for contract assistance from the federal government. But it may not be enough. The agency on Friday submitted to the Federal Register a proposed rule (pdf)...

By Sharon McLoone | September 29, 2008; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Female Lawmakers Object to Proposed Women's Procurement Rule

The top Republican on the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee rallied her fellow female senators to sign a letter addressed to the head of the Small Business Administration requesting either an improvement to a proposed women's procurement rule or for its complete withdrawal. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine with...

By Sharon McLoone | September 24, 2008; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Diversity Lags in Virginia Small Business Program

Virginia has succeeded in reaching a benchmark of buying 40 percent of its products and services from minority- and women-owned businesses, but a Washington Post review of the commonwealth's Small, Women- and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) program has shown that a majority of the companies participating in the program are small...

By Sharon McLoone | August 19, 2008; 02:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Firms Redirected Contracts Awarded Through SBA Set-Aside Program

Two government contractors designated as small, Alaska-native-owned firms used a Small Business Administration loan program to direct millions of dollars in fees to other companies owned by managers who were not Alaska natives and should not have received the payments. The findings are part of an ongoing review by the...

By Sharon McLoone | August 14, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (3)

Senate Panel OKs Research and Tech Transfer Programs

The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee this morning unanimously passed a measure reauthorizing two sometimes controversial programs requiring federal agencies with large research and development budgets to set aside a portion of their funding for small business contracts. The Senate panel voted on the bill this morning reauthorizing the...

By Sharon McLoone | July 30, 2008; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fortune 500s Awarded Contracts Tagged for Small Business

Washington Watchdogs, a periodic feature of the Post's investigations blog, wrote yesterday about investigators from the Department of the Interior discovering that $5.7 million in contracts earmarked for "small businesses" actually were given to several Fortune 500 companies. Department Inspector General Earl Devaney launched the investigation after complaints came in...

By Sharon McLoone | July 9, 2008; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Report: HUBZone Program Basically Ineffective

A government program designed to award federal contracts to small businesses in disadvantaged areas has grown significantly since its inception in 2000, but has not generated enough contract dollars to have a national impact, according to a new study (pdf) released today. While the program has the potential to be...

By Sharon McLoone | May 23, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Agencies Show Poor Contracting Achievements

More than half of government agencies did not successfully meet small business contracting goals in fiscal 2006, according to a scorecard released today by the Small Business Administration. The agency released its charter scorecard on the topic to provide greater transparency, integrity and accountability in improving opportunities for small contractors,...

By Sharon McLoone | August 17, 2007; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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