SmallGovCon Week in Review: June 25 – 29, 2018

I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July as we celebrate our nation’s independence. If you’re still struggling to think of top-notch grilling ideas for Independence Day, might I suggest this delicious recipe from the fine folks at the Big Green Egg?

But before firing up the grill, let’s take a look at the latest and greatest in government contracting news.  In this week’s star-spangled edition of the SmallGovCon Week in Review, a former government employee pleads guilty to criminal charges related to using her position to benefit her husband’s company, Alaska Native Corporations celebrate as three military branches agree to reinterpret a limit on high-dollar sole source 8(a) contracts, and much more.

  • A Virginia woman pleaded guilty to using her federal employment to personally benefit herself and her husband’s company. [U.S. Department of Justice]
  • Three military branches have agreed to reinterpret a law that limited Alaska Native corporations’ access to high-dollar sole source 8(a) contracts. [Anchorage Daily News]
  • SAM scheduled to be fixed starting June 29, 2018. [Federal News Radio]
  • GSA is continuing with plans to create e-commerce portal for federal procurement. [FedScoop]
  • A New York man pleaded guilty to government contracting fraud and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. [U.S. Department of Justice]
  • The SBA’s watchdog found that contracting officers did not comply with self-certified women-owned companies program requirements. [Government Executive] (and see my commentary here).
  • The federal government may have met its goal of awarding prime contract dollars to small businesses, but those dollars are going to just a handful of firms. [Washington Examiner]
  • A North Carolina man pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit wire fraud under contract awarded by the U.S. Army. [Fox45 News]