SmallGovCon Week In Review May 13, 2019-May 17, 2019

This week finds Lawrence with temperatures reaching the 90s. The 7-year-olds that I coach at soccer found this to be a little too hot; too bad I don’t have the indoor air conditioned facility they were asking for. But fear not, readers, you can enjoy this week’s roundup of federal government contracting news in the comfort of your air-conditioned facilities.

And, for those in the region, we wanted to highlight an upcoming networking and learning opportunity. The Kansas PTAC will be hosting Mission Installation Contracting Command (MICC) – Ft. Leavenworth’s 2019 Industry Day at Johnson County Community College. This is a great opportunity to meet representatives from the MICC and the Fort Leavenworth Contracting Staff.

Read on for some interesting updates in the government contracting world, including how whistleblowers reduce fraud, updates on the government’s electronic procurement efforts, and the ongoing federal migration to the cloud (IT stuff, not a new type of floating living platform).

  • Senate Bill Would Train Federal Buyers to Spot Counterintelligence Threats. [NextGov]
  • The Unexpected Way Whistleblowers Reduce Government Fraud. [hbswk.hbs.edu]
  • NASA Awards $106 Million to US Small Businesses for Technology Development. [Finance.Yahoo]
  • US Government’s eProcurement Push Raises Amazon Dominance Fears. [Pymnts]
  • Whistleblower Suit Chugs Forward Over Time-Limit Debate. [Courthousenews]
  • FEMA Used Google Rather Than Verified Registry to Fill Hurricane Relief Contracts. [Nextgov]
  • Defense Contracting Fraud: A Persistent Problem. [fas.org]
  • Congresswoman Introduces Bill to Require Federal Agencies to Report on Advertising with Minority and Women-owned Media. [lasentinel.net]
  • GSA unveils ‘one-stop’ cloud shop. [fedscoop]