New Staff at SBA Veterans Business Development
On August 28 as crowds grew at the Lincoln Memorial to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, U.S. Small Business Administration at the other end of National Mall hosted an Inter Agency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development public meeting.
Rhett Jeppson, U.S. Small Business Administration Associate Administrator, Office of Veterans Business Development introduced new staff Barb Carson, Deputy Associate Administrator, Craig Heilman, Director of Veterans Programs, and Nick Harrison, Presidential Management Fellow for the office.
The work the new team will set in motion includes many of the initiatives from the Bill Elmore era while Associate Administrator, Office of Veterans Business Development.
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program Final Rules for VEVRAA and Section 503
The U.S. Department of Labor announced two final rules to improve hiring and employment of veterans and people with disabilities. One rule updates the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the other updates Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For more than 40 years these laws have required federal contractors and subcontractors to affirmatively recruit, hire, train and promote qualified veterans and people with disabilities, respectively. The rules should strengthen the Veteran employment aspects of federal contractors.
The rules will become effective February 23, 2014, which is 180 days after their publication in the Federal Register. More information is available at www.dol.gov/ofccp/VEVRAARule and www.dol.gov/ofccp/503Rule.
The Score Card
Government-Wide Performance for inclusion of Small Businesses in federal contracting continues to make improvements having advanced from 21.65% in FY 2011 to 22.25% in FY 2012, or $ 89,923,198,145 in prime contracts to Small Businesses. The Small Business Goal for FY 2012 was 23%.
As for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses, the 3% goal was surpassed for the first time reaching 3.03%. The previous year was 2.65%. In 2004 it was .38%.
Vietnam Era Veterans and their organizations such as VET-Force are primarily responsible for this and many other accomplishments as they continue to strive for additional goals for Veterans working indefatigably with their counterparts in federal government.
The methodology of the scorecard remains the same. Federal agencies as a whole are advancing the ball. Reasons include the SBA Administrator’s institution of bimonthly meetings with agency deputies to update each on their spend in relation to the scorecard, SBA Office of General Contracting & Business Development’s attention paid to the agencies, and the addition of similar metrics to government worker personnel evaluations.
New Tools to Identify Small Business Opportunity:
New database research tools enable government procurement workers to identify procurements for small businesses by similar procurement, class or industry.
Federal Mentor Protégé Update
Among the NDAA provisions, the final stages of the draft regulations for an overall government-wide mentor protégé program, which promises to streamline processes, is almost completed. Successful pieces of agency and DoD mentor protégé programs are being incorporated. We expect the draft to be cleared at SBA by early October and then sent to Office of Management and Budget and for the federal agencies to review before it is green-lighted for public comment.
Size Review Standards Update
The law now requires that Size Standards be reviewed every 5 years. Quite a heavy lift. The work has required the hiring of staff. The first cut of Size Standards will be put out for comment soon.
Board Elections This Fall
We are pleased to announce that the annual process to expand the Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors is underway. Terms for new and second term board members will range from two to five years. The membership election process is to occur this fall, with terms beginning January 1, 2014. The first five years of Federal Allies is in the history books. FAI’s third and future Board Chairs are to serve one-year terms. Earlier Board Chair terms were lengthened for stability during the association’s start-up phase with the first Board Chairperson Mary Fae Kamm serving a four-year term, and Second Board Chairperson Frank Clay, Jr., a two-year term.
If you are a member and are interested in becoming a board member nominee, please request a copy of our Board Volunteer Description and submit your resume to BoardElections@FederalAllies.org. For more information, call 571-217-0823.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to welcome new members Accel Solutions LLC, AGi Mission Support Services, archSCAN, Bracken Garson Consulting Group LLC, CA Technologies, CCIM Institute, CSC, The DesignMob, DSCI, HADPRO, Key & Associates, Layer 7 Technologies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Soft-Con Enterprises, and Technology Automation & Management Inc.
We thank all members and participants for supporting America’s federal contracting community. More new members will be published in future editions.
Federal Allies Open 2013… A Success!
With our first two annual golf tournaments completed Federal Allies looks forward to a 3rd annual tournament next September. Additional golf networking opportunities will be made available in the coming months. Congratulations to tournament and prize winners that include The ClayGroup, Dominion Construction Management, Distinctive Health Care, Front Rowe Inc., Insperity, and XcelHR.
Thank you to our sponsors Lockheed Martin, Quality Support Inc., ImQuest Biosciences, XcelHR, Earthlink, ZipCar, and American Airlines. And thank you for a job well done to Patricia Driscoll of XcelHR, Chairperson, Federal Allies Open 2013.
David T. Boddie, Executive Director
For more information visit http://www.FederalAllies.org.