SmallGovCon Week in Review: October 8-12, 2018

As the workweek comes to a close, our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Michael.

In government contracts news, there was plenty happening this week.  In the latest SmallGovCon Week in Review, three people have been indicted on charges relating to procurement fraud, a new study creates a “sweetheart index” to analyze whether political donations affect government contract awards, IBM is the second company to file a pre-award protest against the Pentagon’s cloud contract, and much more.

Have a great weekend!

  • Three people have been indicted on charges relating to procurement fraud and unlawfully disclosing and obtaining bid information on a contract worth $1.5 million. [U.S. Department of Justice]
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the Kansas City District 1,360 contracts worth more than $328 million for fiscal year 2018. [Defense Visual Information Distribution Service]
  • A new study analyzes how likely businesses that are political donors receive government contracts. [wfyi]
  • A defense contractor has agreed to a million-dollar settlement after allegations that it wrongfully obtained contracts with the Defense Department. [WTOC]
  • IBM has filed a pre-award protest against the Pentagon’s massive cloud contract. [NextGov]
  • GSA and OMB are working on a strategy to execute the so-called “Amazon Amendment,” legislation crafted to help speed the procurement process through e-commerce portals.  [Public Spend Forum]
  • Google has made the decision to not bid on Defense Department’s $10 billion cloud procurement. [Federal News Network]