New Mexico cluster to focus on unmanned and autonomous systems

As the number of unmanned systems in use in the air, on land and in the oceans continues to rise, recent action by the Small Business Administration will work to accommodate the potential for small businesses to control parts of that market.

Field of Dreams:’s half-decade transition

When was established in 2009, it was considered an experiment in open government. Now, with more than half a million unique data resources on the website, it’s transitioned into a proactive resource for data enthusiasts, public and private alike. “We work hard to push as much data up and out and to try to be as responsive and proactively go out and work with communities around the country and around the world,” Jeanne Holm,’s evangelist, told FedScoop. “[Over time] we just worked really hard to take it as far as we could.” Holm, who also works as the…

Army leads the way in small business contracting

The Small Business Administration announced Aug. 1 that the federal government reached its small business contracting goal for the first time in eight years, and the U.S. Army was a critical force behind that success.

Coffee in as USDA Associate CIO for Data Center Operations

Richard Coffee will be the new Associate Chief Information Officer for Data Center Operations and Director of the National Information Technology Center at the Agriculture Department, starting June 15, according to an internal email obtained by FedScoop.

SBA’s new head sworn in

Maria Contreras-Sweet was yesterday sworn in as the new administrator of the Small Business Administration, after being confirmed in January.

TechTake: OMB posts agency progress on

The Office of Management and Budget announced Thursday agencies had made significant progress with their 2012-2013 Agency Priority Goals.

FedWire: SBA nomination, bathythermograph sensors and fuel cells

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From GSA to Google, a celebration of National Small Business Week

Small Business Week is upon us. Every year since 1963, the president has proclaimed the National Small Business Week a time to recognize entrepreneurs and small-business owners for their contribution to the economy, government and innovation in general.

7 initiatives to spur better government

Endeavoring to spur more innovative federal initiatives, FedScoop created this shortlist to recognize agency platforms that push government to be a better steward of taxpayer money.

FedWire: Robots compete, tribal energy and budding agency partnerships

FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community.

FedWire: Exploring the Sun, EMS week and awards galore

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Government contracting for small business made EZ

A request for proposals pilot project, developed under the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program, is starting to gain ground in the small business IT community.

FedOSS: Presidential innovation fellows open source all the things

Former White House Presidential Innovation Fellows Kara DeFrias and Adam Becker discuss their experiences and the role open source played in the innovation and collaboration process.

5 must-read stories of the week

Roundup of the top 5 must-reads from the past week.

SBA sees drop in set-aside contracting participants

The Small Business Administration is noting a decline in the number of government contracting firms in the 8(a) and HUBZone set-aside programs, said John Shoraka, SBA’s associate administrator of government contracting and business development.

News and notes: ACT-IAC Small Business Conference

The White House Small Business Procurement Group is pushing to make senior leaders in the federal government more accountable for the small-business contracting goals set forth by the Small Business Administration.

Federal IT budget jumps to $82 billion

For the first time since 2009, the federal IT budget is seeing a modest increase. But far from all agencies can expect an influx in their IT dollars.

Procurement update with OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan

Joseph Jordan, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget, sat down with FedScoop on Thursday to discuss what his office is focused on and what to expect in the future with respect to federal government acquisition.

SBA Administrator Mills to step down

Mills has served as SBA administrator since 2009 when the Senate unanimously approved her. Her position was elevated to that of a Cabinet-level officer in January of 2012.

GAO: $2.3 billion in 8(a) contracts awarded without justification

The federal government awarded more than $2.3 billion in sole-source contracts to 8(a) companies in fiscal year 2010 without the proper justifications thanks to a lag in updating the federal acquisition regulation, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report.

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