Last week I attended a Rocky Mountain Chapter NDIA meeting in Colorado Springs. The meeting was a panel discussion about small business issues in government contracting and featured the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Ombudsman, Brian Castro. Brian is tasked with assisting small businesses that experience excessive or unfair regulatory enforcement actions involving a Federal agency. Essentially this means that the Ombudsman is a “go between” to help small businesses resolve issues with Federal agencies. Other members of the panel, moderated by the Colorado PTAC Executive Director Gary Henry, were Willie Franklin (CH2MHill – large business representative), David Hollenbach (DSoft Technologies – small business representative), Paul Aldrich (Small Business Specialist – Schriever AFB), Kim Diercks (Contracting Officer – USAFA) & Russ Farmer (representing NDIA & ReliAscent). The goal of the discussion was to create open dialog between small businesses, industry and government personnel. I found the panel discussion enlightening as it raised some issues I hadn’t heard before.