SmallGovCon Week in Review: December 3-7, 2018

The first week of December went by in a flash. Santa Claus will be here before you know it; hopefully you’ve all been very good this year!

In this week’s edition of the SmallGovCon Week In Review, data and cloud computing continue to be hot topics, GAO looks at post-disaster contractor performance, and we see the lengths the DEA is willing to go to have clean floors.

Have a great weekend!

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: November 26-30 , 2018

Thanksgiving has come and gone, so that means holiday season is upon us! It was a balmy 62 degrees here in Kansas on Turkey Day, and 48 hours later we were in the middle of a blizzard. Gotta love Kansas weather!

Stuffed full of turkey and snowed in, we had some time to catch up on what’s been happening in the government contracting world. In this two-week edition of SmallGovCon, we’ll look at GSA’s proposed consolidation to its schedule contracts, a DOL hiring discrimination dispute, Amazon’s role in the federal marketplace, and more.

Have a great weekend!

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Alert! House Committee Proposes Ending SDVOSB Self-Certification

SmallGovCon readers know that the federal government currently operates two SDVOSB socio-economic designations: a VA-specific program (that requires the business to be verified by the VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation), and a program through the SBA (that allows the business to self-certify).

These dual programs have been the source of confusion among SDVOSBs. Thankfully, relief might be on the way, as the House Small Business Committee has introduced legislation to consolidate SDVOSB verification under the SBA.

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SBA OHA: Contracting Officer’s Termination Decision Won’t Change Size Appeal Deadline

Following a size determination, any person adversely affected by that determination may file an appeal with the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals. To be timely, the appeal has to be filed within 15 calendar days from the date the person receives the determination. If not timely-filed, the appeal will be dismissed.

This 15-day deadline is strict. The OHA doesn’t have the power to extend it, even if good reason exists to do so. In fact, the OHA’s recent decision in Sentient Digital, Inc. dba Entrust Government Solutions, SBA No. SIZ-5963 (2018) makes clear that this deadline applies even when an agency changes its decision to terminate a contract following an adverse size determination.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: November 12-16, 2018

Happy Friday, everyone! I don’t know about you but, as Thanksgiving inches closer, I can practically smell the turkey and stuffing. I hope you’re gearing up for a nice, holiday-shortened week.

Before the holiday, let’s take a look at the SmallGovCon Week In Review. In this week’s edition, we’ll discuss GSA intent to consolidate cybersecurity contract vehicles; a potential spending bonanza by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; results from DoD’s first-ever audit (spoiler, it failed); and more.

Have a great weekend!

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GAO: DOD Should Clarify Criteria for Using LPTA

Over the last few years, SmallGovCon has covered the Congressionally-mandated march away from use of lowest-price technically-acceptable procurements at the Department of Defense. But although Congress has restricted when DOD might use LPTA criteria, the Department has not followed this mandate.

A recent GAO report highlights DOD’s struggle. As of September 2018, DOD has not yet revised its regulations to reflect certain statutory restrictions against LPTA awards and, as a result, DOD contracting officers believe they are not yet required to follow these new requirements.

Candidly, I’m not so sure. But in any event, GAO’s report issued a couple of recommendations to help DOD fully implement the restrictions against LPTA procurements.

Let’s take a look.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: November 5-9, 2018

This week, Lawrence got its first taste of cold and snow for the season. I have to say, it was not a welcomed arrival. Hopefully it’s warmer in your neck of the woods.

Let’s all warm our hearts with this week’s edition of SmallGovCon Week In Review. In today’s WIR, we’ll look at a joint VA/SBA partnership to benefit SDVOSBs, DoD’s effort to use its expanded “middle tier” contracting vehicles, and more government contractors behaving badly.

Have a great weekend!

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