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SBA, Visa Seek Disaster Recovery Apps via Small Business Week Hackathon

The Small Business Administration and Visa will hold a three-day hackathon that aims to encourage entrepreneurs and designers to develop applications and other platforms meant to help small businesses recover from natural disasters, FedScoop reported Monday. Participants will have access to the Visa Developer Platform and the U.S. government’s application programming interfaces to develop their apps as part of the Small Business Week hackathon that will kick off Friday, May 3, in Washington, D.C.

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SBA’s Sanjay Gupta Details What Agencies Need in Cloud Migration

Sanjay Gupta, chief technology officer at the Small Business Administration, said agencies should assess options when moving to the cloud, especially when considering either a single or multi-cloud enterprise to save time and cut migration costs, GovernmentCIO Media & Research reported Friday. He said at the recent FCW 2019 Cloud Summit that agency leaders should focus on technology, people and process as the traditional three domains in enterprise cloud migration.

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IG Report Highlights Need for Better Oversight on SBA’s Cloud Migration

The Small Business Administration’s inspector general issued the evaluation report highlighting that SBA needs to improve how it handles risk management, security, data mobility and information technology investments as well the adoption of federal standards to efficiently move data to the cloud and reduce disruption during migration, according to the IG report published Tuesday.

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SBA Reports Smooth Reopening After Government Shutdown

A top official at the Small Business Administration said previous changes in processes and operations allowed the agency to resume work immediately after the 35-day government shutdown, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. William Manger, associate administrator of SBA’s Office of Capital Access, said the process improvements placed by the agency’s head Linda McMahon “greatly enhanced” their ability to get back to business.

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GAO: FY 2015-2018 Awards to Small Businesses Majority-Owned by Investment Firms, Funds Totaled $43.6M

The Government Accountability Office has found that only three out of 11 federal agencies that take part in the Small Business Innovation Research program awarded grants and contracts to small firms owned by venture capital companies, hedge funds and private equity firms in the past four fiscal years. Those three agencies are the Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences, Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health, GAO said Friday.

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Federal CIO Kent: Gov’t Setting New IT Modernization Goals for 2019

Suzette Kent, Federal Chief Information Officer, announced the government plans to release its draft policy to update the Trusted Internet Connections program in the coming week, Federal News Network reported Thursday. She said the TIC policy would provide federal agencies with a streamlined process to move to multi-cloud environments as part of the government’s ongoing information technology modernization program.

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GAO: Small Business Administration’s Procurement Scorecard Needs to Inspire More Spending Confidence

A Government Accountability Office report indicates a standstill in the Small Business Administration's procurement scorecard progress and recommends evaluating new scoring methodologies to further encourage contract award opportunities for small businesses.

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