Federal Business News

This section contains links to articles regarding federal busienss and key federal agency news.  Updated daily.

GSA News

GSA, DOE Seek Promising Technologies to Improve Building Performance

GSA’s Green Proving Ground, DOE’s HIT Catalyst Programs Issue RFI for Emerging Building Technologies Read more

GSA Awards Nine Leasing Support Services Contracts, Including Two to Small Businesses

New Zonal Approach Makes it Easier for Small Businesses to Compete, Will Help Brokers Build Better Business Relationships. Read more

GSA's FEDSIM Works with DoD to Improve Global Threat Management

FEDSIM issued a $937 million award to Booz| Allen| Hamilton to support how the Department of Defense detects, mitigates and manages global threats. Read more

GSA Awards BPAs for Identity Monitoring, Data Breach Response and Protection Services

GSA awards government-wide Federal Supply Schedule BPAs for identity monitoring, and data breach response and protection services. Read more

GSA Awards First Contracts For Agile BPA

Awarding of the first contracts for the Agile Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA), a new contracting vehicle from GSA. Read more

GSA Schedule and Federal Marketing News

Government Sales Falling Short?

Doing all the right things but without results? Do the sentiments in this email haunt you too? Companies seeking to generate GSA sales, or government sales in general, often make the same mistake…they do what they are told! Read more

Are Federal Contractor Registration Services Really Necessary (sam.gov)

I received a call from a woman who told me she and her husband were starting a business and they would organize as a women owned small business (WOSB).  I won’t say what line of business they were in, because they seemed to have a unique niche...Read more

GSA Schedules: Spectators and Superstars

TurboGSA has been analyzing GSA sales information for some time now … trying to better understand which contractors are succeeding, and more importantly, what do differently from those who fail to generate contract revenues. We look for tactics and...Read more

Price Reduction Clause Spells Troubles for a GSA Contractor

According to a report published in PC World yesterday, the large technology contractor CA was sued by the Department of Justice for failing to comply with the price reduction clause of its GSA Contract. According to DOJ, this violated the False...Read more

Selling to Government: Help Establish the Agency Buying Vision

Have you ever thought this? You have a great solution to an agency’s problem, but the solicitation contains a few odd requirements.  And maybe the language suggests it is wired for someone else.  It’s not necessarily for any underhanded...Read more

SBA News

EPA Proposes Changes to the Requirements for the Certification of Applicators for Restricted Use Pesticides

On August 24, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule, “Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators.”  This proposed rule would apply stricter standards to certified applicators of restricted-use pesticides by expanding competency standards, by adding certification requirements for certain high-risk application methods, and by requiring annual safety...Read more

IRS Issues Proposal to Eliminate Automatic Filing Extensions

On August 12, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations that would eliminate the automatic extension of time to file information returns on forms in the W-2 series, effective for the 2017 filing series.  The IRS requires employers to report wage and salary information for employees on Form W-2.  Currently, employers who file Forms W-2 can receive an automatic...Read more

Regulatory Alerts Quick-facts

Quick Fact #1: Department of Labor (DOL) Overtime Proposal: Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Quick Facts #2: FAR Council's Fair Pay Rule and DOL's Fair Pay Guidance Read more

EPA Proposes Emission Requirements for New Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

On July 13, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a joint proposed rule, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles-Phase 2.”  This proposed rule would further tighten greenhouse gas emission requirements for new Medium-Duty and Heavy-Duty...Read more

SBA Advice

Create a Marketing Plan to Generate a Steady Stream of Business

Whether you own a B2B or a B2C company, every small business goes through times when they can barely keep up with their work — followed, all too often, by an extended downtime when business is... Read more

SBIC a Stellar Private Public Partnership 58 Years Strong - Annual Report

Administrator Contreras-Sweet and I are proud to have recently published the SBIC Program's ... Read more

SBA Celebrates National Women’s Small Business Month

Women’s entrepreneurship is on the rise, according to preliminary data from U.S. Census Bureau, which shows that women are increasingly becoming small... Read more

Tips for Legally Selling Goods at Flea Markets & Craft Shows

Flea markets and crafts shows have become a cultural phenomena. Increasingly small businesses are mastering the quality of the artisanal goods that they make and sell. While these types of... Read more

How Broadband Access is Beneficial to Small Businesses

Editors note: This blog is coauthored by Nate Yohannes, Senior Advisor of Investment and Innovation For American businesses to flourish in this highly competitive global economy, it’s... Read more

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