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Lack of Oversight

Drunk Security Contractors in Afghanistan? Again?

Joe Newman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Joe Newman

As troops are replaced with private security contractors, it would be foolish for a new administration to continue to ignore the vivid warnings of what happens when the U.S. outsources its inherent governmental functions.

Databases: Creating a New Digital Divide

Eugene K. Chow | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Eugene K. Chow

In this Age of Enlightenment, as a society, we pray before the alter of "objective" data -- and nothing is more impartial, accurate, and trusted than data. Yet, horror stories abound of individuals getting lost in a Kafka-esque world of bureaucracy simply because of an erroneous keystroke.

Department of Interior Sued for Refusing to Release Names of Individuals Involved in Contracting Abuses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 06.21.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The ASBL maintains that contracting officers who intentionally misrepresent large businesses as small should be prosecuted, and held accountable for their actions.

Can't Anyone at the Defense Department Do Oversight? Anyone at All?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

The perennial issue regarding private military security contractors is the degree to which they are subject to effective oversight. In that regard there is only one item in today's news worth looking at.

Commerce Department & SBA Merger Could Cost Small Business Billions

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On November 10, the Obama Administration's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform shocked the small business community with the preli...

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...

9th Circuit Rules SBA Does Not have to Release Agency Phone Records

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Friday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals released its ruling in a lawsuit filed by the American Small Business League (ASBL) against the Small Busi...

A New Idea for President Obama: Do What You Said You Would Do

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

At a town hall discussion on jobs and the economy yesterday, President Barack Obama said he was looking for new ideas to help create jobs and expand e...

Department of Homeland Security Sued Over Data on Lockheed Contract

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

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

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.

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.

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.

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...

Obama Forum Dominated By Angry Small Business Owners

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Monday, June 28, over 300 angry small business owners attended an Obama Administration small business forum at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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...

To Regulate or Not to Regulate, That is the (Wrong) Question

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

Regulatory agencies are given dual and conflicting missions: advance the industry they regulate and police it. It's a path to schizophrenia, not public and environmental safety.

What's Past Is Prologue

Rep. Darrell Issa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Darrell Issa

No president, political party or private enterprise should dictate the level of our commitment to oversight. The human cost of allowing such interference is too great.

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.

Dear President Obama, Quit Cheating Small Businesses Out of Federal Contracts

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

During your Presidential campaign you promised, "an end to business as usual in Washington," and "change we can believe in." You made several promises...

Obama Small Business Conference Draws Criticism

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

On Monday, June 14, the Obama Administration suddenly announced that it will hold a small business forum in Washington D.C. on June 28. Obama Adminis...

Should Lawmakers Be Allowed To Invest In The Industries They Regulate?

washingtonpost.com | Robert O'Harrow Jr. And Dan Keating | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Rep. Ron Paul is captivated by gold. Over the past two decades, he has written books about the virtues of gold-backed currency. He has made uncounted ...