Air Force Restores Eligibility to Controversial Contractor
The Air Force on Friday quietly ended its three-week suspension of the reverse-auction company FedBid, the contractor announced, removing a threat that the Vienna, Va., firm would face suspension and debarment.
On Jan. 29, the Air Force had moved to place FedBid on the Excluded Parties List System in reaction to a September 2014 Veterans Affairs Department inspector general report finding that Susan Taylor, deputy chief procurement officer of the Veterans Health Administration Procurement and Logistics Office, had a conflict of interest in promoting the work of FedBid and sought to discredit a VA official during the 2010-2013 period.
Suspension against N. Virginia contractor FedBid is lifted
By Christian Davenport February 23
The federal government has lifted a suspension against FedBid, the fast-growing Northern Virginia contractor that had been barred from bidding on new contracts because of “conduct indicating a lack of business honesty or integrity.”
The announcement comes weeks after FedBid founder and chairman, Ali Saadat, resigned after an unusually detailed government watchdog report found the Vienna-based company went after a Veterans Affairs official who put a hold on one of its contracts.
Proposed bill would give grant money to small businesses for hiring veterans
By Samantha Manning
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —
State lawmakers are looking into giving small businesses grant money for hiring veterans. Senate Bill 292, sponsored by state Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Miami, is making its way through the state legislature. The bill would give a one-time grant of $3,000 to a small business that hires a veteran.
The House on Friday passed legislation to renew tax credits for small businesses indefinitely.
Approved 272-142, the bill would extend three tax breaks, including one known as the Section 179 credit that allows businesses to write off certain expenses. Thirty-three Democrats joined all but one Republican in support.
Senate Small Business chairman hopes to target regulations
By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG – Sunday, February 15, 2015
NEW YORK The new chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has big issues on his agenda, but he’ll have to fit them in with a high-profile gubernatorial campaign.
David Vitter, who became chairman last month when the Republican Party took control of the Senate, is the front-runner in this year’s race for Louisiana governor. His strategy? Work on small business issues when he’s in Washington, and focus on Louisiana during weekends and congressional recesses. He’s not worried. It’s a routine he says he’s followed for years.
Vitter’s candidacy may put a spotlight on small business, says Todd McCracken, president of the advocacy group National Small Business Association. But running a campaign for such a high office is bound to take some time and attention from his committee work, he says.
Providing those who served with an opportunity to thrive
Published: February 18 2015
From a construction company in Detroit, to a cleaning service in Tampa, to an engineering firm catering to government agencies in Jacksonville, veteran-owned enterprises are flourishing with the help of an innovative entrepreneurship program at the University of Florida.
The spirit of vetrepreneurship
By Steve B. Brooks – February 13, 2015
Like many who attempt the transition from the military to civilian world, Travis Barnes found the road difficult. After doing three tours as a Recon Marine – seeing combat in the initial surge in Iraq in 2003, as well as in Fallujah, Ramadi and Nasiriyah – Travis went through an adjustment period after his final tour finished up in 2006.