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  • GAO Report Finds Gaps in Collaboration On Federal, State Export Promotion Efforts
    Posted in Articles on June 4, 2014 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: GAO Report Finds Gaps in Collaboration On Federal, State Export Promotion Efforts By GAO Report Finds Gaps in Collaboration On Federal, State Export Promotion Efforts i June 4, 2014 Export Promotion Efforts Key Development: The Government Accountability Office releases a report examining state, local and federal collaboration on export promotion efforts. Next Steps: The GAO makes a number of recommendations for improving collaboration, including enhancing federal information-shari... Read more

  • CQ Roll Call: GOP Presses for Information on Health Law Exchanges
    Posted in Articles on June 3, 2014 | Preview rr

    CQ Roll Call: GOP Presses for Information on Health Law Exchanges By Melissa Attias June 3, 2014 House Republicans continue to scrutinize the rollout of the health care law, sending two letters to the Obama administration Tuesday requesting information about funding for the state-run health insurance exchanges and details about those set up for small businesses. GOP leaders on the Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius highlighting th... Read more

  • Bloomberg BNA: House Committees Seek Information On ACA Insurance Marketplaces
    Posted in Articles on June 3, 2014 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: House Committees Seek Information On ACA Insurance Marketplaces By Sara Hansard June 03, 2014 June 3 (BNA) -- House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican leaders asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius June 3 for details about how the HHS supervised state-based health insurance marketplaces that have encountered serious technical problems. The HHS awarded more than $1.3 billion for seven state-based marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act “that have faile... Read more

  • Uncertainties Trouble Lawmakers, Businesses Looking at Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Rule
    Posted in Articles on May 29, 2014 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: Uncertainties Trouble Lawmakers, Businesses Looking at Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Rule By Alan Kovski May 29, 2014 A proposed rule to delineate Clean Water Act jurisdiction was pilloried during a May 29 congressional hearing as a measure creating far too much uncertainty and potential cost for small businesses, despite statements of the Obama administration to the contrary. The hearing of the House Small Business Committee provided a forum for witnesses and lawmakers to criticiz... Read more

  • Bloomberg BNA: Committee Claims EPA Failed to Analyze Water Rule's Impact on Small Businesses
    Posted in Articles on May 27, 2014 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: Committee Claims EPA Failed to Analyze Water Rule's Impact on Small Businesses By Amena H. Saiyid May 27, 2014 The House Small Business Committee wrote May 23 to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, urging them to withdraw the joint proposed waters of the U.S. rule, saying it failed to include an analysis of the impacts on small businesses. “We believe the agencies should withdraw the rule and conduct the required small business outre... Read more

  • Bloomberg Gov't: Committee Says Water Rule's Small-Business Impact Not Weighed
    Posted in Articles on May 23, 2014 | Preview rr

    Committee Says Water Rule's Small-Business Impact Not Weighed By Bloomberg Government The House Small Business Committee wrote May 23 to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, urging them to withdraw the joint proposed waters of the U.S. rule, saying it failed to include an analysis of the impacts on small businesses. “We believe the agencies should withdraw the rule and conduct the required small business outreach and analysis before proceeding with... Read more

  • E&E News: House GOP calls on admin to withdraw Clean Water Act rule until impact on small business is assessed
    Posted in Articles on May 23, 2014 | Preview rr

    E&E News: House GOP calls on admin to withdraw Clean Water Act rule until impact on small business is assessed By Annie Snider Friday, May 23, 2014 Republican members of the House Small Business Committee are accusing the Obama administration of ducking its obligations to assess the impact on small entities of a major regulatory proposal dealing with the scope of the Clean Water Act. In a letter being sent to the top officials at U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers today, the panel's 14 GOP... Read more

  • EPA Open to Revising Economic Analysis Of Proposed Jurisdiction Rule, Adviser Says
    Posted in Articles on May 22, 2014 | Preview rr

    EPA Open to Revising Economic Analysis Of Proposed Jurisdiction Rule, Adviser Says By Amena H. Saiyid, Bloomberg Government The Environmental Protection Agency remains open to revising the cost-benefit analysis of the proposed rule that would clarify the extent of Clean Water Act jurisdiction over the nation's waters, an agency adviser said May 22. “Like all aspects of the rule, the costs and benefits analysis is subject to comment, and it is also subject to revision,” Ken Kopocis, senior advis... Read more

  • Contracting Provisions in the House Defense Bill
    Posted in Articles on May 8, 2014 | Preview rr

    Contracting Provisions in the House Defense Bill By David Hansen and Jeff Kinney, Bloomberg Government Service-disabled veterans would have to navigate less bureaucracy before winning government contracts under legislation that’s been folded into the House defense authorization. The appeals process for small business programs intended to benefit those veterans would be consolidated, so they’d only have to deal with the Small Business Administration, reports Bloomberg BNA. Currently, the job of ... Read more

  • House FY 2015 Defense Authorization Bill Includes Contracting Provisions to Help SBs
    Posted in Articles on May 6, 2014 | Preview rr

    House FY 2015 Defense Authorization Bill Includes Contracting Provisions to Help SBs Bloomberg Government The fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill (H.R. 4435) the House Armed Services Committee is scheduled to mark up May 7 includes language to increase small firms' access to federal contracting programs. Included in the measure is language: • restricting use of reverse auctions for certain services, including construction and design; • improving opportunities for service-disabled vetera... Read more