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Government Contracting

The Mouse and the Hippo: How the US Government tries to tap in to America's innovation ecosystem

Steven Koltai | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Steven Koltai

The stories of how the largest buyer of goods and services in America - the US Government - does (or more often, doesn't) have access to America's fre...

The Biggest Hope for Ending Corruption Is Open Public Contracting

Gavin Hayman | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Gavin Hayman

The future of government contracting is open. Paper-based, fraud-prone systems make precarious foundations for a 21st century economy.

Beware of the Loving Embrace of the Government

Llewellyn King | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Llewellyn King

I am not a government-basher per se. As a reporter, I have covered it too long to say the bureaucracy is always incompetent and lazy. But I have also ...

A Simple Step Toward Becoming DCAA Compliant

Shaniece Bennett | Posted 02.12.2016 | Business
Shaniece Bennett

DCAA compliance can be an overwhelming task for some small contractors. Some may feel the cost to maintain a compliant accounting system outweigh the benefits. However when a contract award is up for grabs, having an existing DCAA compliant system is like having an insurance policy when you need it most.

3 Ways Long Term Federal Transportation Funding Help Small Businesses Grow In America

Helen Callier | Posted 06.27.2015 | Small Business
Helen Callier

While many are able to benefit from public transportation, the reality is short term federal funding bills for transportation infrastructure for more than 10 years has left small businesses at the curve impacting job creation in our nation.

The Public Sector and the Market Model -- A Risk to Trust and Citizenship

Terry Newell | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Government is based, ultimately, on fostering relationships of trust aimed at joint efforts to create social good. Dan Ariely's reminder is thus worth keeping in mind. Yet we may be overly focused on seeing the connections within government and between government and citizens in market terms.

5 Insider Strategies On How To Grow Your Small Business In Government Contracting

Helen Callier | Posted 10.25.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

It is a must-go time for minority businesses to take calculated risks to expand their footprint through government contracting

7 Key Ways to Increase Your Small Business Chances of Winning Government Contracts

Helen Callier | Posted 09.17.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

As your small business starts swimming in the Federal market while continuing to grow on the local and state levels, know that there are key strategies required for success in winning contracts.

The Top Three Biggest Mistakes Small And Minority Firms Make In Government Contracting

Helen Callier | Posted 06.24.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

Many minority firms have enjoyed eating at the government procurement trough, but based on government agency data from all levels, a substantial number of minority firms are unsuccessful in government procurement and miss in winning contract awards.

Dave Jamieson

House GOP Votes 'To Continue Wage Theft'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Early Friday morning, House Republicans voted down a measure that would have discouraged the government from giving contracts to compani...

Gerry Smith

How A Government Computer Glitch Forced Thousands Of Families To Go Hungry

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 03.27.2014 | Technology

Camilla Lewis and her son, Jamarri, did not receive food stamp payments for three months. (Photo: Gerry Smith/Huffington Post) WAKE FOREST, N.C...

Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, despite lofty initial campaign promises by the Obama administration, widespread government secrecy has only worsened in recent years and access to information by journalists and activists is disturbingly limited.

Booz Allen Exec Brags About Post-Snowden Stock Bump

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

Edward Snowden may have taken advantage of the cozy relationship between the National Security Administration and government contractors to filch secr...

Dave Jamieson

Lawsuit Alleges Massive Corner-Cutting At Firm That Vets Defense Contractors

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Another former investigator has sued the private, for-profit firm that performs many of the security clearance checks for U.S. governmen...

Zach Carter

Third Of Richest CEOs Were Getting Paid Taxpayer Dollars

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than one-third of the nation's highest-paid CEOs from the past two decades led companies that were subsidized by American taxpayers...

The Buck Stops Here: Using Public Funds for Public Good

Amol Mehra | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Our tax dollars should not be lining the pockets of any business that makes profits through complicity in human rights violations, be they the atrocities in the Congo, trafficking in humans, child labor or sweatshops.

Christina Wilkie

Report: IRS Official Helped Company Win Millions In Contracts

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday released a report detailing what it called a "problematic and abusive con...

Christina Wilkie

Club For Growth Directors Fail Their Own Purity Test

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chris Chocola, president of the Club for Growth, recently said his conservative advocacy group's "effectiveness lies in our uncompromisi...

What's Become of International Relief -- 34 Years Later

Richard Walden | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Richard Walden

Charity watchdog sites rate charities on their financial growth and on the transparency of their publicly-shared information... but have yet to be able to meaningfully measure the quality or usefulness of their programs.

Practice What You Preach: How the US Government Can End Bangladesh's Factory Fires

Bama Athreya | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Bama Athreya

Would it surprise you to learn that the factory was used by companies who make federal uniforms? Labor rights organizations were able to photograph labels in the factory wreckage linking Tazreen to two US government contractors.

You Should Be Outraged By What Is Being Done to Our Postal Service

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

The story of the intentional destruction of the U.S. Postal Service is one more piece of the story of crisis-after-crisis, all manufactured to advance the strategic dismantling of our government and handing over the pieces to billionaires.

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.

Contractors: The Pentagon Isn't a Jobs Program

Ben Freeman | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Cutting waste at the Pentagon and strengthening our economic security will strengthen our national security. Congress can avoid sequestration's meat-cleaver approach, and instead use a scalpel to make strategic cuts.

Zach Carter

10 Ways Obama, Congress Could Cut U.S. Budget Without Raising Income Taxes Or Slashing Entitlements

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just about every policy lawmakers are considering for a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff would involve either raising individual...

Charities Shouldn't Strive to Speak in Only One Voice

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Pablo Eisenberg

Nonprofits will never share a broad consensus about which issues are most important. The best that nonprofits can accomplish is to strengthen their individual advocacy and lobbying activities and join with other organizations in coalitions that fight for specific policy changes.