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  • 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

  • ‘Waters of the U.S.' Rule Burdens Small Business: House Committee
    Posted in Articles on April 23, 2014 | Preview rr

    ‘Waters of the U.S.' Rule Burdens Small Business: House Committee Bloomberg Government On its website to alert small businesses to burdensome federal regulations, the House Small Business Committee added April 23 the recently proposed rule that would assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over the nation's waters and wetlands. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly proposed a rule, published April 21, that would bring under federal jurisdiction all tributa... Read more

  • House Panel Says ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposal is Burdensome to Small Business
    Posted in Articles on April 23, 2014 | Preview rr

    House Panel Says ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposal is Burdensome to Small Business By Amena H. Saiyid, Bloomberg Government The House Small Business Committee April 23 added the recently proposed rule that would clarify Clean Water Act jurisdiction over the nation's waters and wetlands to its website alerting small businesses to burdensome federal regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly proposed a rule April 21 that would bring under federal jur... Read more

  • Graves seeks to boost small-business contracting
    Posted in Articles on April 14, 2014 | Preview rr

    Graves seeks to boost small-business contracting By Austin Wright, Politico In his latest bid to boost the federal government’s work with small businesses, Rep. Sam Graves is seeking to hitch a measure to an upcoming must-pass defense policy bill. The chairman of the House Small Business Committee wants to raise the government’s target percentage for prime contracts awarded to small businesses from 23 percent to 25 percent, or the equivalent of $10 billion in annual new work for small businesse... Read more

  • Committee Urged to Attach Small Business Contracting Bills to DOD Annual Authorization » Contracting Bills
    Posted in Articles on April 10, 2014 | Preview rr

    Committee Urged to Attach Small Business Contracting Bills to DOD Annual Authorization » Contracting Bills By Deborah Billings, Bloomberg Government Members of the House Small Business Committee April 9 made a case to the House Armed Services Committee for using the annual defense authorization bill to increase small firms' access to federal contracting programs. Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) was joined by Reps. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) in asking t... Read more

  • Complexity, Changing Language of Tax Code Plague Small Businesses, New Study Says» Contracting Bills
    Posted in Articles on April 10, 2014 | Preview rr

    Complexity, Changing Language of Tax Code Plague Small Businesses, New Study Says» Contracting Bills By Marc Heller and Casey Wooten, Bloomberg Government Key Development: Small businesses report that the time and money spent complying with the tax code drags down their bottom line. Next Steps: Congress works on a tax code overhaul, while a separate bill to renew certain tax breaks advances. April 9 (BNA) -- A majority of small businesses surveyed recently said that the complexity of the tax cod... Read more

  • House Panel Recommends Cuts to SBA FY 2015 Budget, but Boosts Contract Staff
    Posted in Articles on March 25, 2014 | Preview rr

    House Panel Recommends Cuts to SBA FY 2015 Budget, but Boosts Contract Staff» Contracting Bills By Deborah Billings, Bloomberg Government The House Small Business Committee recommended reducing the Small Business Administration's proposed fiscal year 2015 budget of close to $865 million by $50 million. The “views and estimates” document marked up by the panel and sent to the House Budget Committee would zero out the $39 million requested for entrepreneurial education and outreach initiatives and... Read more

  • SBA Budget Request Faulted for Failing To Address Problems in Identifying SBs
    Posted in Articles on March 24, 2014 | Preview rr

    SBA Budget Request Faulted for Failing To Address Problems in Identifying SBs By Bloomberg Government The System for Award Management (SAM) and the Small Business Administration's Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) database do not reliably identify small business government contractors, according to a House Small Business Committee memo on the fiscal year 2015 budget request for the SBA. The memo faults the SBA's proposed FY 2014 budget request for not identifying resources to remedy this iss... Read more