Sen. Snowe Seeks Data From VA About Small Business Certification Program

On Feb. 9, 2012, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Me.) wrote to Eric K. Shinseki, the secretary of veterans affairs, noting that many veteran-owned small businesses are complaining about the struggles that they face when applying to the VA for certification as service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB’s). Many small businesses, Sen. Snowe wrote, “have reported long delays, […]

New Bill Attempts to Improve Small Business Contracting Programs

A bill just introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Nick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), who chairs the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, has been termed an attempt to solve some problems in the federal government’s programs to increase opportunities for small businesses to participate in government contracts. The bill, known as the […]

Is This the Right Way to Give Small Business a Bigger Piece of the Pie?

By Carol L. O’Riordan Increasing the percentage of federal government contracts that are allocated to small business is a worthy goal. But is the best method of achieving it the automatic imposition of monetary penalties on officials whose agencies don’t meet the new standard? What about the automatic reduction of the agency’s budget? Rep. Sam […]