SmallGovCon Week In Review: March 12-16, 2018

This is a month my office (which represents several different teams) gets excited for. The first week of March Madness is here, which means you may have found yourself being less productive than usual–don’t worry, that’s expected! But even during a time as captivating as the NCAA tournament, the world of government contracting doesn’t slow down.

In this week’s edition of the SmallGovCon Week in Review, a communications company has agreed to pay over $12 million to settle civil False Claims Act allegations, antitrust critics fear that a winner-take-all contract for the Defense Department’s cloud computing could help tech giant Amazon corner the government contract market, a construction company lost $40 million in four years in a scheme to illegitimately gain government contracts, and much more.

  • A San Diego communications company will pay more than $12 million to settle False Claims Act allegations regarding SBIR contracts. [www.justice.gov]
  • Amazon’s attempt to land a major Pentagon job has stoked some antitrust fears. [thehill.com]
  • A construction company owner fraudulently obtained set-aside contracts–but only gets probation. [post-gazette.com]
  • During Sunshine Week, senators cite issues with FOIA request backlog. [Federal News Radio]
  • Alliant 2 SB has been awarded–now comes the inevitable protest phase. [Washington Technology]
  • The Pentagon tells its leaders to talk more with contractors–but less with the press. [Government Executive]
  • One commentator says that the DoD’s cloud strategy stifles innovation. [Federal News Radio]