Thank You, Michigan!

I am back in Lawrence after a great trip to Flint, Michigan on Friday for the Region 6 PTAC’s Meet the Buyer event.  My luncheon keynote covered some of the most important recent developments for government contractors, including the SAM “hack,” some major pieces of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, and much more.

A big thank you to Jasmine McKenney, Maureen Miller and their colleagues for inviting me to speak.  And thank you, as well, to everyone I met at the event–particularly those who stuck around after the keynote to ask such great questions.

Next up on the travel agenda: a flight south to Houston, where I’ll be presenting next week at the 17th Annual DOE Small Business Forum & Expo.  Hope to see you there!

VA Suspends SDVOSB/VOSB Applications Effective May 21

On May 21, 2018, the VA will suspend SDVOSB and VOSB applications for “approximately thirty (30)” days while the VA transitions to a new VIP interface.

According to a notice posted on the VA OSDBU website, the suspension will affect “both new applications and applications for re-verification.”  However, the VA CVE “will continue processing previously submitted applications during the suspension.”  The VA doesn’t beat around the bush: “any applicants (Veterans) that desire to have their cases begin the verification process before the suspension start date, should strongly consider case submission completion to VIP prior to May 21, 2018.”

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SmallGovCon Congratulates Matthew Schoonover!

I am very pleased to announced that Matthew Schoonover has been elevated to the partnership at Koprince Law LLC.

Since joining the firm in early 2015, Matt has worked tirelessly on behalf of government contractors across the country.  He’s developed a great reputation in the field and is regularly asked to speak at industry events (in fact, he’s on the road today for a government contracts conference in Texas).  Matt is also a regular contributor to SmallGovCon, where his “5 Things You Should Know” series is one of the blog’s most popular features.

Above all, Matt’s an all-around good person and embodies the values of ethics and professionalism that we strive to achieve every day.  Congratulations, Matt!

SmallGovCon Week in Review: April 30 – May 4, 2018

It’s Friday and I’m looking forward to a great weekend here in the Midwest.  The Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday, so if horses are your thing, grab your best (or most outrageous) hat, a mint julep and enjoy!  But first, it’s time to find out what is new in the wide world of government contracts.

In this week’s edition of the SmallGovCon Week in Review, an acquisition reform panel says it is on track to reduce the size of the DFARS by 50%, alleged SBIR fraud results in a $1.9 million settlement, the DoD resumes its attack on contractors’ protest rights, and more.

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GAO Releases Updated Bid Protest Guide

Coinciding with the May 1, 2018 requirement that GAO bid protests be filed using the new Electronic Protest Docketing System, the GAO has released an updated version of its “Descriptive Guide” to the GAO bid protest process.

This Guide–the tenth edition published by GAO–is packed with useful information and tips about using EPDS and about the protest process in general.

A few EPDS-specific highlights follow.

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SBA Rejects Major Changes in Size Standard Methodology

The SBA has rejected several recommendations for major changes in how the SBA calculates small business size status.

In commentary published in the Federal Register last week, the SBA rejected (among other things) recommendations that it use average employee count to evaluate the sizes of construction firms and that other firms’ sizes be measured by profits or net worth instead of average annual receipts.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: April 23 – 27, 2018

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend here in Lawrence, with temperatures in the 70s and lots of sun.  I’m looking forward to some time outdoors finally enjoying the spring.  But before I hit the exit at the office, it’s time for our weekly dose of government contracts news and notes.

In this week’s edition of the SmallGovCon Week in Review, a well-known large federal contractor is accused of underpaying its employees, a commentator asks whether RFIs are one big waste of time, the Secretary of Defense says criminal charges are likely as part of a major contracting investigation, and much more.

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