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Host: Karen Hontz, Director of Government Contracting,
         Pam Swilling, Program Review Analyst,
         Office of Surety Guarantees at the U. S. Small Business Administration

Time: Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Fay Ott
Karen Hontz, Director of Government Contracting SBA's Office of Government Contracting & Business Development

Karen Hontz oversees the Small Business Prime and Subcontracting federal procurement programs, the Small Business Innovative Research and Technology Transfer Programs, the development of size standards, and small business federal procurement policy development in general. She is a member of the Chief Acquisition Officers Council and is the Chair of the Council's Small Business Task Force. Hontz also serves on the board of the Integrated Acquisition Environment.

Hontz has been with the SBA since 1991 and has held various agency positions including Counselor to the Administrator and Associate Deputy Administrator for Congressional and Legislative Affairs. She has also severed two details to Senator Snowe on the Senate Small Business Committee.

Hontz holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from Furman University and a master's degree in political science from George Washington University.

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