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SBA opens its review of small business regulations

March 15, 2011 Are you a small business owner frustrated with outdated and often cumbersome regulations from the Small Business Administration? Then SBA wants to hear your suggestions on whether those rules should be streamlined, expanded, or possibly withdrawn altogether. On Monday, SBA published a notice in the Federal Register asking the public...

Tax delinquency no impediment to contracts with IRS

March 14, 2011 File this one with the government's irony department. The Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies paid nearly a dozen federal contractors almost $3.7 billion in procurement awards, despite the fact the companies owe millions in back taxes, according to a new report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax...

New GSA acquisition chief calls for government-contractor cooperation

March 14, 2011 The General Services Administration's new acquisition chief is calling for greater cooperation and communication between the government and its industry contractors, echoing a familiar refrain from members of the Obama administration's procurement team in recent months. In an interview last week with Government Executive, new GSA Chief Acquisition Officer Mindy...

Corporate leaders advise government on personnel, contracting issues

March 11, 2011 President Obama's Management Advisory Board, an independent panel of corporate leaders, suggested on Friday that the government must do more to incentivize its leadership and improve its operational management. At its first meeting, the new board that was established to provide the White House with strategic advice on government management...

White House officially begins government reorganization

March 11, 2011 President Obama took the next step in his highly anticipated government reorganization plan on Friday, signing a memorandum directing Jeffrey Zients, deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget, to develop a plan to overhaul federal trade and export agencies within the next three months. The reorganization...

GSA launches program to educate new and emerging contractors

March 10, 2011 The Obama administration announced a new pilot program on Thursday to help small and midsize firms break into the federal marketplace and better compete for government contracts. The Business Breakthrough Program will offer a series of educational and training workshops to companies looking to win contracts that the General Services...

Office of Special Counsel nominee vows to boost morale

March 10, 2011 The Office of Special Counsel is one step closer to having its first permanent leader since 2008. Carolyn Lerner, President Obama's nominee to run the small federal agency charged with investigating allegations of prohibited personnel practices in the civil service, faced scant resistance at her confirmation hearing on Thursday before...

Army skeptical of fixed-price contracts

March 9, 2011 The Obama administration might be embracing fixed-priced contracts as the preferred method for purchasing goods and services from the private sector, but that strategy is not necessarily being implemented by the Army. During a speech on Wednesday to service contractors, Malcolm O'Neill, assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology,...

OMB not moving to implement ‘high road’ contracting policy

March 8, 2011 This story has been updated to include additional information from the Obama administration. A controversial plan that would provide contractors that pay their employees higher wages and benefits a leg up when bidding for contracts is not currently under active consideration for implementation by the White House, according to President...

The rocky road to reorganization, from Nixon to Obama

March 8, 2011 Government reorganization efforts are almost always unsuccessful and virtually never save taxpayers money, a host of public management experts said Tuesday, outlining likely obstacles for President Obama's plan to streamline federal operations. "Most of these efforts are huge failures," said Robert Tobias, director of public sector executive education at American...

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