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House Hearing with SBA Administrator

House Hearing with SBA Administrator

Last week, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing on the SBA examining its ability to most effectively benefit America’s small businesses and bolster their role in the economy – the sole witness was Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.

NLRB Case Redefines Joint Employer Standard

The NLRB is reviewing the standard for deciding when a business under contractual arrangements is deemed a joint employer of workers employed by another business – which could make businesses more responsible for sub-contracted workers.

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Obama EO Raises Scrutiny on Contractor Labor Violations

Last week, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose past labor violations and increasing agencies’ ability to bar those companies from receiving contracts.

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Feds Reached Small Biz Contracting Goal

Last week, the SBA released its FY2013 Small Business Procurement Scorecard and announced that for the first time in eight years the federal government reached its annual 23 percent small-business contracting goal.

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SBA Advocacy Submits Comments on Min Wage Rule

Recently, the SBA Office of Advocacy submitted comments to the Department of Labor regarding its proposed rule implementing President Obama’s directive to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour.

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Government Contracts and the Need for Working Capital

Government contractors often face financial strains due to payment delays, making short-term financing helpful, but it is important to understand all of your options.

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Bill Introduced to Ease Federal Contracting Process

Last week, Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) introduced legislation which would increase efficiency and streamline the registration process for small businesses interested in participating in the federal marketplace.

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White House Launches SupplierPay Initiative

Last week, President Barack Obama met with businesses, their suppliers and the SBA to launch a new program called SupplierPay, to ensure that large corporations pay their small contractors in a more timely fashion.

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House Hearing Examines Procurement Reform Delays

Yesterday, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, held a hearing on the delayed implementation of various small-business contracting reforms as passed under the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Advocacy Releases Small Business Procurement Report

Recently, the SBA Office of Advocacy released a report evaluating the federal government’s progress in achieving its procurement goals as well as how the goal-setting process is working for small firms.

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