In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the Government Accountability Office reviews how well agencies are applying the Whistleblower Protections Pilot 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.
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.
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.
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.
Lawmakers pushed for provisions of the Defending American’s Small Contractors bill to be folded into the 2017 NDAA.
The Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016 would make the ability to protest task orders worth more than $10 million permanent.
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.
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.
It only took 15 years for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to issue guidance for agencies on how best to use reverse auctions. And when OFPP finally did on June 2, it was disappointing to say the least.
Reverse auctions can save your agency money, but only if it uses them the right way. That’s according to Dan Gordon, a procurement professor at George Washington University and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, who testified about reverse auctions to the House Small Business committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why he told the committee agencies should ask themselves a few questions before they decide to use reverse auctions.
Reverse auctions are overused, underregulated and might be a monopoly, according to recent testimony on Capitol Hill.
A new bill from the House Small Business Committee chairman would require SBA to develop a new methodology to measure how effective agencies are in ensuring small firms receive prime and subcontracts awards.
Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairmen of the Veterans Affairs and Small Business committees, respectively, wrote to Anne Rung, OFPP administrator, saying agencies still are “misusing” reverse auctions to “evade competition and compliance with other procurement regulations.”
The Small Business Administration received more than 200 comments about a proposed rule to eliminate the exception to how IT value-added resellers are classified as small contractors. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairman of the Small Business Committee, wrote a letter to SBA asking for the rule to be retracted and improved.