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Thinking About Launching a Side Business?

January 16, 2014 When Febe Hernandez started tinkering around with beads at a Beadazzled store in 2010, she discovered she had a talent for creating beautiful gem-studded necklaces and earrings. “I was overwhelmed by the desire to create,” she recalls. The 20-year veteran of a three-letter agency in Washington soon started selling her...

Shooting For Mars

March 1, 2007 Relying on a tried-and-true design from the Apollo program, Lockheed Martin wins its bid to build the next human spacecraft. On Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, President Bush uttered the words Doug Cooke had been waiting to hear for 15 years. "Today we set a new course for America's space program....

Women's Work

February 1, 2007 A Labor Department bureau struggles for relevance and survival. From her spacious corner office overlooking the Capitol dome, Director Shinae Chun presides over the only federal agency dedicated to promoting the interests of working women. The Labor Department Women's Bureau hosts online mentoring programs, financial management seminars and teleconferences on...

Fast Track

February 1, 2007 Aggressive pursuit of customers and preference programs earned Lurita Doan's company big contracts. The story of how Lurita Doan got her start in business has achieved almost mythical status. Her trip to Kinko's with $25 in her pocket to print business cards and the subsequent escalation of her business to...

Multiple Award Maze

January 24, 2007 Like a bull in a china shop, the sheer brawn of the General Services Administration's Multiple Award Schedules program sometimes causes chaos. In 2005, the Defense Department clarified its rules for using interagency contracts after reports of widespread fraud and abuse at GSA; other agencies also became wary. GSA fought...

Convicted procurement executive dies in prison

January 17, 2007 Francis D. Jones Jr., a former procurement executive at the General Services Administration and the Defense Department who was convicted of extortion, accepting bribes and fraud in 2003, died of a heart attack last week while serving his prison sentence of eight years. He was 55. Jones, whose story was...

Agencies detail massive effort to evacuate Lebanon

January 12, 2007 Kristen Trotter and Claire Elisabeth Thomas spent the night of Wednesday, July 12, 2006, staying up late in Thomas' Beirut apartment, watching Israeli fighter jets fly in low over the city. Trotter, a senior at the University of Alabama, and Thomas, a junior at Mount Holyoke College, were about seven...

Survey: Agencies lag in procurement practices

January 2, 2007 Government is lagging behind best procurement practices in private industry, according to a new survey by a Washington-based consulting firm. While companies have long embraced strategic sourcing, or bulk buying, as a way to leverage buying power and save money, only select government agencies have embraced the strategy. Similarly, agencies...

Multiple Award Maze

January 1, 2007 How the GSA schedule really works-and how to stay out of trouble. Like a bull in a china shop, the sheer brawn of the General Services Administration's Multiple Award Schedules program sometimes causes chaos. In 2005, the Defense Department clarified its rules for using interagency contracts after reports of widespread...

Money Maker

January 1, 2007 The supplier of U.S. currency paper faces little competition. Rub a dollar bill between your fingers, and even with closed eyes you can tell you're not holding an ordinary piece of paper. Bills feel rough, almost crinkly, while regular paper is smooth. That's because bills are made of excess fabric...

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