SmallGovCon Week In Review January 7-11 January 11, 2019

As we enter day 21 of the government shutdown (as of this writing, the second-longest in U.S. history), federal employees and contractors are feeling the sting.

In this week’s edition of the Week In Review, we’ll take a look at the shutdown in more detail. It has, after all, been the predominant news story of late in the government contracting world. But we’ll also discuss other news, including a new law aimed at helping veteran-owned companies, recent OTA guidance, and more.

Have a great weekend!

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SmallGovCon Week In Review December 24, 2018–January 4, 2019

Happy New Year! It looks as if the government needed a longer holiday break than planned. As we enter the third week of the shutdown, it’s our hope that the powers-that-be might reach a quick resolution and let government personnel and contractors alike get back to work.

In this two-week New Year’s edition of the Week In Review, we’ll look (of course) at the effects of the shutdown. But we’ll also look at the need for transparency in the upcoming year’s procurement process, how a contract dispute led up to the closing of living history in Washington D.C., and much more.

Happy New Year—2019 is going to be an exciting year!

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Update: SBA Says 5-Year Receipts Calculation Period Not Yet Effective

On December 17, 2018, the Small Business Runway Extension Act became law. As we’ve previously written, this Act had a single purpose: to extend the measurement period of the SBA’s calculation of average annual receipts, from three years to five.

We opined that the Act became effective with the stroke of the President’s pen. Just a few days ago, however, the SBA disagreed—according to the SBA, the 5-year calculation period will not become effective until its regulations are revised.

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5 Things You Should Know: NAICS Code Appeals

NAICS code appeals are a useful tool in any small business government contractor’s toolbox. If successful, an appeal can dramatically change a procurement’s competitive landscape—either by limiting the pool of eligible offerors, or expanding it.

Even still, NAICS code appeals are underutilized among contractors. So I wanted to take just a few minutes to walk through the basics of NAICS codes appeals, in case your business ever needs to file one.

Here are 5 Things You Should Know about NAICS appeals:

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SmallGovCon Week In Review December 17-21, 2018

Happy Holidays! Between all the shopping, baking, and decking the halls, it seems to be the busiest day of the year.

As we write this post, the federal government is on the verge of a partial shutdown. On behalf of our clients and friends, we hope that doesn’t happen.

In this edition of the Week In Review, there is a lot of criticism regarding government spending, the Pentagon gets a reminder to pay attention to its contractors, and the battle between Amazon and defense officials gets messy.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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SmallGovCon Week In Review (December 10-14, 2018)

I wanted the pithy introduction to this week’s Week In Review to be a corny Christmas-themed joke. But there’s one problem: I don’t know any! (My dad jokes tend to come on the fly.) 

If you know any (clean) holiday jokes, send them my way. We’ll try to feature them in next week’s edition! 

But for this week’s edition, let’s focus on government contracting. We’ll look at the potential Christmas shutdown, GSA’s consolidation of schedule contracts, a VA-pilot program for facility construction, continuing non-compliance and oversight issues, GAO’s report on noncompetitive contracts, and more.

Have a great weekend!

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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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