March 28, 2011 |
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.
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August 21, 2010 |
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.
August 16, 2010 |
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.
July 23, 2010 |
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.
April 17, 2010 |
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.
January 26, 2010 |
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.