SmallGovCon Week In Review: August 26 – August 30, 2019

Here in the Midwest, it seems we’re all looking for the first signs of fall even as summer continues (be that leaves changing color or pumpkin spice sightings). But even as the seasons turn, our conference schedule stays pretty busy throughout the year. Next week, my colleague Matthew Schoonover will be in Chantilly, VA for the 2019 National HUBZone Conference, speaking about size and affiliation issues. And Mathew Moriarty recently returned from a wonderful conference in Oklahoma.

As we finish up the summer and look towards fall, please enjoy some interesting tidbits from the government contracting world. This week, the FAR is updating rules about electronic transmission of task orders, the Alliant 2 small business contract continues to generate headlines, and agencies are releasing a flurry of solicitations.

  • Is one of these plans a fix for ID verification problems?[FederalTimes]
  • Agencies ‘buckling down’ on EIS solicitations. [fedscoop]
  • Pentagon’s Investor-Industry Matchmaking Program Will Focus on Small UAS in First Event. [USNINews]
  • The danger in GSA’s online marketplaces. [FederalNewsNetwork]
  • Watchdog warns on GSA’s contracting data trial. [FCW]
  • Pentagon to Explore IP Laws for the Benefit of Contractors.[TheAdvocates]
  • GSA poised to complete schedule consolidation on deadline. [fedscoop]
  • Library of Congress seeking ‘smart devices’ for the blind and visually impaired. [fedscoop]
  • DOD Increased Use of Human Capital Flexibilities but Could Improve Monitoring. [GAO]
  • The Pentagon Wants to Bolster DIU’s Cyber Defenses. [Nextgov]
  • Federal Acquisition Regulations: Orders Issued via Fax or Electronic Commerce. [Federal Register.gov]
  • Interior, DHS, GSA add drama, intrigue, tragedy and comedy to the federal procurement soap opera. [FederalNewsNetwork]