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Sam Stein

Obama Expected To Sign New Executive Order On Federal Contract Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order on Thursday seeking enhanced workplace conditions and rights for federal ...

No More Subsidizing Corporate Tax Cheats

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Too many American corporations have recently sought to renounce their corporate citizenship and reincorporate as a citizen of another country in order to avoid paying a fair share of taxes. The technical term for this practice is an "inversion," but it really is a perversion of our tax laws.

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.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Moves On Minimum Wage Without Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

As part of the president's pledge to act with or without the cooperation of Congress, the White House and Labor Department on Thursday released the de...

Read the Contract: I Rushed, I Signed, I Regretted

Jack Garson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Every day, all across the country, thousands of businesses put their companies in jeopardy when they rush to sign contracts. They don't read them, they don't understand them and they are not prepared for the consequences.

When Federal Contracts Turn Into Corporate Welfare

Michelle Chen | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Where does the corporate bottom line end and the public interest begin? Through the voodoo economics of federal contracting, Washington's "partnership...

An Executive Order Whose Time Has Come

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

These days, when I say "federal contractor," you think Snowden. And it turns there are lots of them doing highly classified work for which they are handsomely paid. They are not the folks we're talking about here.

Billions of Defense Contract Dollars May Go Unaudited

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

DCAA had cut corners after a boom in post-9/11 defense contracting came without a corresponding increase in its staffing. But some say it is overcompensating after being slammed by Congress after its failings were exposed by GAO.

Ashley Balcerzak

Federal Contract Workers Demand Living Wage In Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Ashley Balcerzak | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of more than 100 federal contract workers and demonstrators marched outside the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the...

Dave Jamieson

Wage Theft Alleged At Major Federal Building

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.24.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Workers at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center filed a complaint with the Labor Department on Monday alleging a sl...

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.

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...

Should SIGAR Have Suspension and Debarment Power?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

As we pointed out last year, the appointment of John F. Sopkoto head the watchdog agency seems to have infused SIGAR with renewed vigor, as evidenced by an increase in inspections and audits. But SIGAR wants to do more.

Obama to Dismantle Small Business Administration, Increase Foreign Aid

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 02.20.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Small businesses won't have anyone in their corner if the Department of Commerce, with its close ties and loyalties to large corporations, absorbs the SBA. Small businesses stimulate job growth, and without a specific entity supporting them, our economy can't improve.

Dave Jamieson

Walter Reed's Low-Wage Janitors Working Without Pay

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.14.2012 | DC

Update: The Gazette reports that the workers received their checks late Tuesday. WASHINGTON -- Janitors and housekeepers who clean the Walter Reed ...

The Most Effective Economic Stimulus Plan For Today's Economy Was Passed By Congress In 1953

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The federal government has squandered upwards of $2 trillion taxpayer dollars trying to stimulate the economy. I don't think we've gotten our money's worth. Let's try complying with existing federal law and direct existing federal infrastructure spending to small businesses.

Washington Ignores Simplest Solution To Job Creation And Economic Stimulus

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 09.24.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

If President Obama and Congress are serious about stimulating the economy and creating jobs, they will stop giving federal small business contracts to large corporations. But I doubt you will see that happen.

Small Contractors Are Getting Screwed

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.19.2012 | Small Business

It's tough out there for a small contractor -- especially when you don't get the work you thought you were going to get. Almost a third of subcontr...

NAACP Silent as Federal Contracts to Minority-Owned Small Businesses Drop

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 07.24.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

I'm surprised that the NAACP has been silent on an issue that strikes at the heart of the organization's mission. That is, federal contracting with small businesses owned by minorities has dropped significantly in the last year.

GSA Scandal Is a Window to the Way Washington Really Works

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 06.09.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Maybe it was the fact that the administrator was forced to resign and two employees were fired. Truth be told, a lot of administration heads should probably resign. These abuses are not unique to the Obama administration; they've gone on for decades.

Anti-Small Business Corporate Giants Want the Small Business Administration Closed

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Make no mistake -- anyone that talks about closing the SBA is anti-small business and is simply marching to the beat of the Fortune 500 firms that unfortunately have tremendous control over Congress.

Dave Jamieson

FedEx To Pay $3 Million Over Hiring Discrimination Charges

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.22.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Shipping giant FedEx has agreed to pay $3 million to settle federal charges that the company had a widespread pattern of discriminating ...

Do Apple, Bank of America, GM and Chevron Sound Like Small Businesses to You?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 04.29.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

The most recent data from the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) shows that last year the Obama administration diverted billions of dollars in federal small business contracts to some of the biggest companies in the world.

The Next President Will Be a Liar

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Regardless of whether the next president is a Republican or Democrat, whether it's Barack Obama or Mitt Romney or any other of the Republican frontrunners, one thing is guaranteed: he will lie.

Betrayed: Federal Audit Criticizes Small Business Administration for Excluding Small Businesses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

By relying on flawed statistics, the SBA rendered small businesses ineligible to receive $112 billion dollars in federal contracts last year.