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Black Swan Imbroglio: The Crisis of Journalism and Control of the Stack

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Schwartz

21st century journalism will be about controlling and having access to the "stack" -- taking vast amounts of raw information and transforming it into useful material for telling interesting and important stories.

Department of Homeland Security Sued Over Boeing Contract

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is being sued by the American Small Business League (ASBL) for refusing to release subcontracting reports on...

Afghanistan's Massive Contracting Fraud

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

It appears that foreign aid in Afghanistan is still plagued by pervasive mismanagement, poor oversight, and inadequate on-the-ground coordination.

Obama Ignores Prime Opportunity to Help Prevent Double Dip Recession

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

As I predicted in my August 6th and August 24th Huffington Post blogs, President Barack Obama has decided to continue the Bush Administration policy o...

Double Dip Recession Could be Prevented with Silver Bullet Bill

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Today it was announced the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers for last month were lower than originally estimated. Home sales and consumer confidenc...

Obama-Administration Fabricated Small-Business Contracting Data Coming Soon

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

I'm betting the "Change We Can Believe In" Obama administration will completely falsify the actual percentage of government contracts that were awarded to legitimate small businesses.

Obama Refusing to Back Private Sector Jobs Bill

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

President Barack Obama is refusing to back a bill that could create millions of jobs in the private sector. The bill, the Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act, H.R.2568, was introduced by Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson last May.

Jobless Claims Soar as Obama Continues to Shortchange Small Business

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

President Obama has allocated only a fraction of federal stimulus funds directly to the 27 million small businesses that create virtually 100 percent of America's net new jobs.

Obama Administration Will Bury Small Business Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Any day now the Obama Administration will release the federal government's small business contracting data for fiscal year (FY) 2009. FY 2009 ended ov...

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam - War in the Contracting Age

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Janine R. Wedel

There's taxpayer money going into the hands of the very people attacking U.S. troops and the contractors who risk their lives for a paycheck. 260 of those workers took that risk and lost over the last year, and their names will likely never be known.

Contracting Abuses Could be Solved With New Bill

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

The diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants has gone on for over a decade. H.R. 2568 is a deficit neutral and much needed solution to these long standing abuses.

Contracting Reform Bill Will Trump Obama Jobs Bill

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

It does not make sense to give billions of dollars a year in federal small business contracts to corporate giants, and then turn around and try lending billions of dollars to small businesses who are floundering.

Little Known Bill Could Slash Unemployment

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Relatively few people have heard of H.R. 2568, the Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act. Yet, the legislation stands alone as the only bill in...

Defense Industry Giants Block Small Business Job Creation Bill

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

What percentage of Americans would agree that Fortune 500 firms should not be receiving federal small business contracts? 100 percent would be very close, but that doesn't seem to matter to Congress and the Obama Administration.

Too Old For A Job, Too Young For Medicare Or Social Security

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

It's near-impossible to get a job or health insurance if you are over 50. I wonder what the effect would be if the government started again enforcing its own rules on age discrimination and contracting.

Obama Small Business Forum Was A Slap In The Face To Small Businesses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

I attended the Obama Administration's small business forum in Washington D.C. on Monday, June 28. Virtually every aspect of the event clearly demonstr...

Analysis of Latest Obama Administration Small Business Contracting Data Released

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The American Small Business League (ASBL) has released the first analysis of the government's fiscal year (FY) 2009 small business contracting data. h...

Obama Small Business Task Force May Ignore #1 Problem

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Monday, April 26, President Barack Obama announced the establishment of two task forces charged with removing barriers to access, and monitoring go...

Obama Administration Small Business Forum Shuns Critics

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

After angry small business owners from around the country registered to attend the forum and speak, the agenda was abruptly modified to preclude any unscripted comments.

Shadow Elite: What's Behind Surging Executive Power? Globalization

Saskia Sassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saskia Sassen

With a new emergent phase of democratic and quasi democratic regimes, can enhanced executive power linked to globalization be reoriented to better, noncommercial goals, like climate change, global hunger, or poverty?

The F Word: Step Toward Justice for Jamie Leigh Jones

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Score one for Senator Al Franken. Thanks to him, Jamie Leigh Jones, a former KBR employee who alleges she was gang raped by her coworkers will get her...

Federal Investigation Finds Corporate Giants Received Billions in Small Business Funds

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Over two dozen investigations have found a clear pattern of blatant fraud and abuse in Small Business Administration-managed programs. It is time for the FBI to step in.

Department of Energy Surrenders in Legal Battle for Bechtel Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Thursday, May 20, the American Small Business League (ASBL) won its 7th legal battle against the federal government in Federal District Court, Nort...

Jobs Bill Will Allow the Diversion of Federal Small Business Funds to Corporate Giants to Continue

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

President Barack Obama signed the new jobs bill today. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate failed to include provisions in the bill that...

Obama's "High Road" Contracting Policy Builds on Chicago's Living Wage Law: Now, Can Chicago Learn From Its Own Success?

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Amy Traub

A soon-to-be introduced bill to expand the living wage to companies that directly or indirectly benefit from city subsidies such as tax increment financing will put the city to the test.