January 31, 2016

The Size Issue: David v/s Goliath

How can a $35 million advanced small business compete with a $45 billion corporation? It can’t. Once small businesses become moderately successful in the federal market place and grow beyond limits set by the NAICS code, they are forced to compete with corporate giants. These small businesses are thrust into the unrestricted labor market without the infrastructure and capital needed …

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January 30, 2016

Surprises in the SBA Reauthorization Bill

Jason Miller, Federal News Radio House lawmakers began the process earlier this month of reauthorizing the Small Business Administration. While much of the Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016 (H.R. 4341) is routine, several interesting provisions are worth highlighting. One of the most significant provisions is the extension of the ability of vendors to protest task orders worth more …

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January 30, 2016

OMB to Ban Most New Contracts for Mobile Devices, Services

Jason Miller, Federal News Radio The Office of Management and Budget is planning to turn up the heat once again on agency commodity IT spending. First it was on desktops and laptops, and now it will be on mobile devices. In last week’s notebook, I told you about a new mobile IT services policy in the works. Now I have …

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January 30, 2016

Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, 2014

“The number of companies registered to do business with the federal government has dropped by over 100,000 from 2012, so that only 273,072 small businesses are still registered to compete for federal contract,” Chabot wrote in the fact sheet. “This speaks to a greater problem in the industrial base — a declining participation rate. SBA’s Office of Advocacy recently highlighted …

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January 24, 2016

House Passes Research and Development Tax Credit

The House voted Wednesday to permanently restore and expand the tax credit for business research, one of the most popular of the dozens of temporary tax breaks that Congress routinely revives on a short-term basis. In the 274-145 vote, 37 Democrats joined all but one Republican in voting to put the research credit, which Congress has been extending on a …

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January 24, 2016

House Passes Veteran Preference Bill

Thursday, May 21, 2015 This post was written with contributions from Emilie Adams, The National Law Review Earlier this week, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill, titled the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act or “BRAVE Act.” The BRAVE Act authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) to give preferences to companies that employ veterans on a …

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January 24, 2016

House Defies Obama Veto Threat, Approves $612B Defense Bill

May 15, 2015 by Martin Matishak and Cristina Marcos, The Hill  Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the House on Friday passed a $612 billion defense bill in a 269-151 vote. All but eight Republicans voted in favor, along with 41 Democrats who went against Obama’s veto threat and their party leaders, who whipped against it. Obama has threatened to …

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