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BUSINESS
December 31, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
A Beverly Hills financial firm and its founder pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges that they defrauded government agencies by steering investment contracts to firms that paid them kickbacks. David Rubin, 50, and his company, CDR Financial Products Inc., were accused of running sham auctions for government agencies looking to invest money raised through municipal bond offerings. The contracts were awarded to favored firms that secretly paid kickbacks to CDR, not always the firm offering the highest returns, the government alleged.
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OPINION
October 24, 2011
For more than 25 years, Radio and TV Marti have served as a reminder of America's failed policy toward Cuba. The stations were launched in 1985 as a way to crack Fidel Castro's control over mass media. Since then, they have become little more than a financial black hole. The government has spent nearly $500 million on, among other things, a twin-engine plane, a blimp and a satellite to beam broadcasts into Cuba. The broadcasts, however, are rarely seen or heard. Castro has successfully jammed the stations' signals, and denounced Washington's efforts as a violation of international treaty obligations.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2011 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: I own a transportation company. Where do I find out about obtaining government contracts? Answer: Start with Federal Business Opportunities, at http://www.fbo.gov . It lists most opportunities over $25,000 and includes navigation instructions. Next, introduce your company to prime contractors who might buy your products or services. They can include you as a subcontractor within their existing contracts or on jobs they are bidding, said John C. Lauderdale III, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Government Contracts.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2011 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: How does a minority-owned small business get government contracts? Answer: First, qualify for the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development program, which is for small firms that are socially and economically disadvantaged, including those that are minority owned. The rules governing the 8(a) program have been revised recently, enabling more small businesses to qualify, said Lourdes Martin-Rosa, government contracting advisor for American Express OPEN.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
As the city of Bell and surrounding municipalities poured millions of dollars into contracts with a charity run by the former mayor, the organization filed sworn reports with the state that it was receiving no such money, according to records reviewed by The Times. Officers of the organization including George Cole, the former mayor, signed statements under penalty of perjury that the Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation did not receive any government funding during the three-year period ending June 30, 2009.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2010 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
In 1994, Congress passed a law requiring that a minimum of 5% of the money spent on government contracts go to the nation's businesses that are majority-owned by women. That was great news for women who believed they had never received a fair share of those contracts. But the government didn't reach that mandated goal, and six years later Congress passed the Equity in Contracting for Women Act to give women-owned businesses more traction getting federal contracts. That program was never implemented.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2010 | By David Savage, Los Angeles Times
The new financial reform law has what some lawyers call a secret weapon against fraud on Wall Street and in corporate America: the promise of a million-dollar jackpot to insiders who reveal an illegal scheme to the government. Tucked in the massive bill is a provision that for the first time extends a concept long applied to government contracts to the private sector. It gives whistle-blowers a mandatory 10% — and as much as 30% — of what the government recoups in fines and settlements in financial fraud cases.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud
Five former Blackwater security firm executives were charged Friday in North Carolina with illegally acquiring automatic weapons and filing false documents in a scheme to obtain government contracts. The company, now known as Xe Services, continues to do work for the federal government and has bid on contracts for more. But prosecutors issuing a federal indictment Friday in Raleigh, N.C., said that the company officials attempted to gain a competitive bidding advantage by amassing high-powered weapons, which they used for training and, in one case, as gifts to the king of Jordan.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2010 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
State government might seem like a ready, deep-pocketed customer for California small businesses, but these days there is far less money available and much more competition to get it. The purchasing of goods and services by the state shrunk 22% to $8.97 billion in fiscal 2009 from the year before, according to a recent report from the Department of General Services. At the same time, small businesses certified to go after state dollars jumped 16% as companies looked for new ways to make up for weak sales.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2010 | By Hugo Martín >>>
For airline passengers, the attempted Christmas Day attack and a directive by President Obama to pursue advanced screening technology will certainly mean added security procedures at airports. So for high-tech companies in Southern California and elsewhere, the increased focus on airport security means new opportunities to land hefty government contracts. Among those is Syagen Technology Inc., a Tustin company with 20 employees that has built an airport screening device that blows air on travelers and then analyzes the cast-off particles to detect explosives.
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