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Women’s group requests hearing on SBA program

October 12, 2007 The Women's Chamber of Commerce is pushing for a court hearing on the status of the Small Business Administration's women's procurement program, a week after the agency announced it was circulating its latest proposal to implement the program. The Women's Chamber filed the request for a status hearing at the...

SBA claims progress on women-owned business program

October 5, 2007 The Small Business Administration on Thursday announced it is circulating a proposal that will pave the way for implementation of a program to help women-owned small businesses win more government contracts. But advocates of the program say they have yet to see any details. Regulatory changes are necessary before the...

House backs expansion of law governing wartime contractors

October 4, 2007 The House on Thursday passed legislation aimed at ensuring that all security contractors working overseas in places like Iraq and Afghanistan can be held legally accountable for missteps. The bill (H.R. 2740), introduced by Rep. David Price, D-N.C., in June, would expand the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act to cover contractors...

House backs stronger requirements for contract building guards

October 3, 2007 Legislation prohibiting the Federal Protective Service from doing business with security guard companies owned or operated by felons passed the House Tuesday by a voice vote. The bill (H.R. 3068) stems from revelations of financial mismanagement at Systems Training and Research Technologies (STARTECH), a company contracted by FPS to provide...

Legislators explore gray areas in security contractor oversight

October 2, 2007 Lawmakers expressed concern Tuesday that private security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly those working for the State Department, might fall through the cracks of legal oversight. In testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Erik Prince, chairman and chief executive officer of Blackwater USA, said his employees...

Pending procurement reform provisions concern industry

October 1, 2007 Industry representatives on Monday expressed concern that provisions tacked on to pending appropriations and authorization bills could put an unfair burden on companies wanting to do business with the federal government. A competitive sourcing provision, Section 845, already in the Senate Defense authorization bill (S. 1547) and an amendment passed...

Jumping Ship

October 1, 2007 With agencies turning to their own IT contracts, GSA struggles to pull business back in. The General Services Administration has high hopes for its new $50 billion governmentwide acquisition contract, Alliant, but the question is will agencies use it. With non-GSA information technology procurement contract vehicles on the rise and...

Blackwater executive to testify before House panel

September 28, 2007 Blackwater USA Chairman Erik Prince will testify before a House committee Tuesday to discuss the role of private security firms in Iraq and Afghanistan and address allegations of misconduct against the company. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to Prince...

DHS deputy's departure adds to leadership gap

September 24, 2007 Homeland Security Department Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Michael Jackson announced his resignation Monday, citing personal financial reasons. In an e-mail, Jackson said, "After over five years of serving with the president's team, I am compelled to depart for financial reasons that I can no longer ignore." He did...

Recruiting remains a key concern for acquisition chiefs

September 21, 2007 Editor's note: The following story appears in the Sept. 15 issue of Government Executive Magazine, which focuses on the challenges facing C-title federal executives. For a directory of more than 500 key decision makers in federal finance, information technology, procurement and personnel, click here. No matter which party wins control...

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