SmallGovCon Week In Review: January 22-26, 2018

Next week, I’m off to Nashville for the National 8(a) 2018 Small Business Conference.  If you plan to attend the conference, please swing by the Koprince Law LLC booth to say hello and check out copies of Government Contracts Joint Ventures, our recently-published handbook for contractors. Before I head off to Music City we are here to bring you this edition of SmallGovCon Week In Review.

This week, Washington Technology looks at the effect of the shutdown on contractors (and what may lie ahead if it happens again in February), Lockheed Martin agrees to a $4.4 million False Claims Act settlement, an Ohio woman faces penalties in an apparent SDVOSB “rent-a-vet” scheme, the city of Huntsville, Alabama kicks off a new HUBZone accelerator program, and much more.

  • Lockheed Martin will pay a $4.4 million dollar settlement to resolve allegations that it violated the civil False Claims Act by providing defective communications to the Coast Guard. [United States Department of Justice]
  • A Tennessee man has been sentenced for his role in a scheme devised to trick the Department of Energy and hide money from the IRS. [Knox News]
  • After a brief shutdown of the government and the threat of another impasse next month, contractors face a fragile financial environment. [WAMU]
  • Contractors survived the shutdown but is the worst yet to come? [Washington Technology]
  • A painting contractor plead guilty to theft from union plans, wire fraud, and discharge of pollutants in connection with Pennsylvania bridge project. [United States Department of Justice]
  • SDVOSB fraud: an Ohio woman faces a fine and possible jail time for unlawfully securing SDVOSB contracts in an apparent “rent-a-vet” scheme. [Dayton Daily News]
  • A new HUBZone accelerator program has launched in Huntsville, Alabama. [WAAY 31 ABC]
  • The General Services Administration is amending the GSAR to clarify the authority to acquire order-level materials when placing an individual task or delivery order against a FSS contract or FSS blanket purchase agreement. [Federal Register]