INFOGRAPHIC: Is Strategic Sourcing Squeezing Small Businesses?

- November 26, 2014 10:00 AM | Categories: Governance, Policy

The summer’s big news touted the fact that the federal government—for the first time in eight years—met its goals for small business contracting in 2013, clocking in at 23.39% contracts for smaller businesses, just eking above the 23% mark. For that reason, there’s been a lot of well-earned high-fiving about how the government is opening up the market for small businesses. But then came questions about whether those numbers were accurate. Which reminded me of an interesting story in FCW about how the federal government’s strategic sourcing efforts may actually be hurting small businesses. By focusing on price, rather than building strong and […]

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Legislation Introduced to Prevent Contractors Playing International Politics

- November 25, 2014 10:02 AM | Categories: Governance

Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) has introduced a new piece of legislation, H.R.5727, that would require prospective contractors to certify with the federal government “that they are not boycotting persons.” What does that mean? The bill defines it as follows: “(A) IN GENERAL- The term `boycotting person’ means a person who takes or knowingly agrees to take any of the actions described in subparagraph (B) with the intent to comply with, further, or support any boycott against a country with which the United States has a free trade agreement and which is not itself the object of any form of boycott […]

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