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SBA Chief Isabel Guzman on Critical Need to Provide Federal Relief to Small Businesses

Isabel Guzman

Isabel Guzman, administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), told The 19th in an interview published Thursday that providing immediate federal relief to small companies is “really critical” as these businesses deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Guzman highlighted the need to link small businesses to the federal marketplace.

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Isabel Guzman Confirmed as SBA Administrator; Sen. Ben Cardin Quoted

Isabel Guzman

Isabel Guzman, who has served as director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate since April 2019, received Senate confirmation via an 81-17 vote to be the Small Business Administration's (SBA) next leader. In addition, she co-founded GovContractPros in 2018 with the intent to provide consulting services to companies that want to do business with the federal government. 

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GSA Allocates $355M in FY 2021 Contracting Opportunities for Women-Owned Firms

GSA Contracts

The General Services Administration (GSA) has set aside $354.9 million to contracting opportunities intended for women-owned small businesses (WOSB) in fiscal year 2021 and awarded more than $561.7 million in contracts to the WOSB community the previous year. The federal government has aimed to award 5 percent of contracts to WOSBs over the past two decades, according to the office. 

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CBO Examines Decline in Entrepreneurship Since Early 1980’s

Entrepreneurship

A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report says the rate at which new companies formed or entered the market dropped from 10 percent in 1982 to 8 percent in 2018. CBO said in the report published Tuesday that new firms operating for less than five years accounted for 29 percent of all businesses in 2018. 

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Incoming Administration Expected to Support Small Businesses With $400B Procurement Effort

Federal Contracting

Contracting opportunities for minority-owned and small businesses are likely to increase under the administration of President-elect Joe Biden given his campaign’s proposed $400 billion procurement effort. The Biden campaign’s website says the $400 billion plan seeks “to support small businesses and tackle inequities in the federal contracting system,” by expanding the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) development program. 

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Dewberry Enters Mentor/Protégé Relationship with GKY Under SBA Program; Phil Thiel Quoted

Phil Thiel

Dewberry has entered into a formal mentor/protégé relationship with GKY,  a national leader in water resources engineering, under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Mentor/Protégé Program, Dewberry reported on Thursday. The program will run for a duration of three years and be complete in 2023. 

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SBA Inspector General Issues FY 2021 Management Challenges Report

SBA

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) office of inspector general has issued a report on eight performance and management challenges facing SBA in fiscal year 2021. “Managing COVID 19 stimulus is the greatest overall challenge facing SBA currently. This crucial new challenge is exacerbated by persisting management and performance challenges best described as systemic,” the report states.

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Seven Federal Agencies Respond to Sen. Maggie Hassan’s IT Modernization Inquiry

Sen. Maggie Hassan

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) asked 10 federal agencies in June about their efforts to modernize their legacy information technology systems and seven of those agencies responded. The Department of Defense (DoD), Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) said they developed updated IT platforms. 

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GAO: DHS Should Ensure Contractors’ CDM Tools Provide Unique Hardware Identifiers

DHS

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) improve its implementation of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program by ensuring that contractors configure their cybersecurity tools to provide unique identifiers for hardware on agency networks.

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