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President Obama Takes Action to Raise the Pay of Low-Wage Federal Contract Workers

Amy Traub | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Amy Traub

Sometimes in America, when low-paid workers stand up and speak out, even the President of the United States takes notice. This is one of those moments.

A Better Wage Can't Wait: Why Obama Must Announce a 'Good Jobs' Executive Order in the State of the Union

Amy Traub | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Amy Traub

I fear that John Boehner is not going to raise the minimum wage. But there is a glimmer of hope: when it comes to at least one group of low-paid workers, President Obama doesn't have to wait for Congress in order to take action and improve jobs.

Capitol Workers Strike to Protest Federally Subsidized Inequality

Amy Traub | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Amy Traub

Under current law, contractors can bill the public for as much as $760,000 per executive. If this amount were capped at an amount equivalent to the salary of the vice president of the United States, we find that the public would save an estimated $7 billion per year.

Opportunity for Federal Contractors to Lead on Human Trafficking

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Kelly Heinrich

The award of a federal government contract is contingent upon a laundry list of complex, lengthy, substantial assurances. Through those assurances, i.e. regulations, the USG has the leverage to shape corporate policy and is doing so quite purposefully for human trafficking.

Department of Labor: Criminals Are a Protected Class in America's Workforce

Kerry Patton | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Kerry Patton

With the new Department of Labor Directive 306 in full effect, the American workforce will face unprecedented issues. How will private business owners decipher applicants who pose physical threats to their workforce based off criminal pasts?

7 Issues President Obama Must Address During His Second Term

Angela Rye | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Angela Rye

As President Obama prepares for his State of the Union address, there are some critical issues he must confront not only using the bully pulpit of the world's stage, but also through concrete policy development during his second term .

Army of One... Contractor

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Mark Thompson posted an interesting federal contracting-related tidbit last week on TIME's national security blog, Battleland. He looked at a list of recent Department of Defense contract awards and noticed that many of them had received only one bid.

EPA Sends a Message With BP Suspension

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

It will be interesting to see how long the suspension remains in place. The last time the EPA took steps to exclude BP from federal contracting -- back in 2009 -- the agency backed off due to pressure from the Pentagon.

President Obama Succeeded in Duping the Media, Congress and the Public About His Plan to 'Streamline' Government

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

I don't think any president in recent history has ever called a press conference to talk about cutting such a tiny portion of the federal budget. That's because President Obama is not trying to shrink government with this proposed merger of the SBA.

President Obama's Claim About Shrinking Government is a Publicity Stunt

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.17.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

President Obama's latest claim that he's going to shrink government by combining the Small Business Administration with the Department of Commerce is laughable.

Could a Simple Bill Save the World Economy?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.24.2011 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

If President Obama really wants to create jobs and save the world economy, he will keep his campaign promise and support and sign the Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act.

CATO Institute Needs to Look at the Facts Regarding the SBA

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.31.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

If the CATO Institute sincerely wants to help get our economy back on track and create jobs, they need to support small businesses, federal small business contracting programs, and my campaign to end the diversion of small business contracts to corporate giants.

If Deficits Don't Matter, Does Contract Abuse?

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

It is remarkable how many people claim to be sincerely interested in reducing the federal budget deficit but have seemingly have no interest in taking on these kinds of abuse in contracting.

No More Contracts with the Devil! What Obama Learned from Municipal Living Wage Laws

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

Want to pay your employees less than it takes to support a family, force Medicaid and hospital emergency rooms to pay for their health care, and break...

Women and Minorities Bit Players, But Gaining in Selling to America's Biggest Customer -- the Federal Government

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

When it comes to stimulus-related government contracts for small business, women's business, and minority-owned businesses, there are but few happy campers.

Stimulus Watchdog Agency Won't Release Federal Contract Details

ProPublica | Christopher Flavelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Back in July, a software company named Smartronix landed an $18 million contract to build a Web site where taxpayers could easily track billions in fe...

Big Business Dominates Small Business Contracting Programs

Chris Gunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Gunn

This is a great story, which ran across Associated Press media outlets today regarding the unequal distribution of small business contracts in the Washington D.C. area.