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Friday, August 17, 2007

Agencies fall short of small business contracting goals

Government Agencies fall short of small business contracting goals

By Robert Brodsky August 17, 2007

Kerry Cautious on Small Business Contracting Numbers

Kerry Cautious on Small Business Contracting Numbers
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Senator John Kerry(D-Mass.), Chairman of the Committee on Small Business andEntrepreneurship, released the following statement in response to therelease of the federal government's "Small Business Goaling Report" for2006. The Small Business Administration released the report detailing themoney each federal agency spent with small businesses, including tominority, women and service-disabled owned firms.
"I'm glad to see Administrator Preston has taken some steps to fix thefaulty and misleading small business contracting numbers and hold agenciesaccountable, but these numbers should still be viewed with caution. Despitethe federal contracting budget increasing by at least $20 billion lastyear, the percentage going to small businesses decreased and the governmentstill isn't counting the whole pie because of special exemptions andexclusions.
"It's critical that we continue to improve the reporting system andcount all contracts in calculations so we know the reality on the ground.It's not about meeting the goals for the sake of meeting a number. Doingmore business with small firms is good for our economic and nationalsecurity because it diversifies our supply base. I will continue to reviewand analyze these numbers and will work with Administrator Preston toensure that the entire government is truly meeting the small businessgoals."

SOURCE Senate Committee on Small Business-Democratic

Thursday, August 16, 2007

ASBL Contract Bundling

For those of you who are or have been involved with Federal contracting we are currently working on a "contract bundling" project. If you have lost a contract in either or both of the following situations please email us those specific instances. Your information will help us in gathering data in regarding contract bundling.

1. You lost small business contract because it was bundled
2. You lost a small business contract to a large business because it was bundled

Of course we always keep your information confidential and appreciate your help in exposing fraud and abuse in Federal Contracting. Please just included "Contract Bundling" in the subject line.

Thank you,

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

POGO: Contractor Misconduct Database

Here is an interesting tool provided by Project On Government Oversight (POGO) the “Contractor Misconduct Database

In their own words…
The government awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct such as contract fraud and environmental, ethics, and labor violations. In the absence of a centralized federal database listing instances of misconduct, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is providing such data. We believe that it will lead to improved contracting decisions and public access to information about how the government spends hundreds of billions of taxpayer money each year on goods and services.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

'Iraqi first' policy hurts N.J. firm |

'Iraqi first' policy hurts N.J. firm
By Justo Bautista Staff Writer August 11, 2007