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Blowback -- When Federal Contracting Diversity Policy Boomerangs

Contracting reforms anger small businesses -- "Joseph Jordan, associate administrator of the Small Business Administration's Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, said he is pressing the Office of Management and Budget to make sure small businesses don't get squeezed out by insourcing initiatives. When agencies convert contracted positions back to posts for federal employees, Jordan said, it's easier to target "bite-size" chunks of jobs that often fall under small-business contracts."

"Jordan also said 'strategic sourcing' efforts -- which encourage agencies to band together on contracts to increase their purchasing power -- lead to larger contracts for which small businesses can't compete."

Surprise, surprise -- somebody is dissatisfied with government policy.

BP -- When Supply Risk becomes an issue of national identity...

Foreign Office fears BP spill may hit US relations -- "Some American politicians have suggested that BP should be barred from future government contracts. The company is the biggest supplier of oil and gas to the US military with contracts worth $2 billion (£1.4billion) a year. Such a move would be likely to benefit US rivals such as ExxonMobil and Chevron."

On what scale does national identity correlate to corporate identity? I guess we'll soon find out.

Tracking the Baltic Dry Index (BDI)

First half of 2010 sees better days for transport but can it continue? -- "One logistics executive at a leading U.S. technology company (who asked not to be identified) said the current strong shipping data reflect business conditions at the 'tail-end' of the supply chain. At the front-end of the supply chain, raw material purchases are currently showing 'great softness.' As raw material purchases are a better indicator of where the economy is heading, the executive expects the U.S. economy to slow significantly in the second half."

Remember the importance of paying attention to every part of how much of what goes where and how...

Plastics sustainability and traceability...

OEMs in China need to take responsibility for sustainability -- "China's slow progress in reducing pollution from its factories means global companies who make products there need to step up efforts to clean up their own supply chains, according to participants at a China green manufacturing conference."

What with all of the recent recalls, it's obvious that China's current regulations need to be more...regulated.

And despite my grumblings last Friday...


I mean, I was only really complaining about AT&T.

Sheena Moore

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