The end of the year brings different traditions for different folks. Around these parts, Lawrence is celebrating its old fashioned Christmas Parade downtown. Old fashioned in this case means all horses and no motorized vehicles. It’s a fun event.
But for government contractors (and their lawyers), the end of the year is a great time to reflect on changes to the federal contracting legal landscape. In that vein, Public Contract’s (AKA Pub K) free Annual Review 2019 will take place via webcast on December 12 from 9 am to 4:30 pm. For those looking for some detailed discussion of government contracting issues over the past year from some seasoned presenters, this is the place.
Over the past couple weeks there has also been a lot of interesting updates in federal contracts, including a GAO report highlighting how lack of contractor ownership transparency can mask national security threats as well as other contractor scams, companies vying for the government e-commerce portals, and small contractors are struggling to meet cybersecurity standards. The GAO report will make for good reading as it has a lot of examples of ownership concerns for those looking to avoid fraud issues in government contracting.
SmallGovCon readers, have a great Thanksgiving! We won’t be posting our weekly roundup next week due to the holiday, but we’ll catch up on any missed news the following week.
In the mean time, enjoy this week’s roundup of federal contracting news. Also be sure to enjoy the family, friends, and food at your Thanksgiving table. My personal favorite–stuffing! Below are some interesting updates about GSA’s investigation into the rocky transition to beta.sam.gov, a guilty plea in a “Rent-A-Vet” Scheme, and Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division establishing New Business Opportunities.
This week, I wanted to send a special thank you our nation’s veterans. Your service is vital to our country and a big part of the work that many federal contractors perform.
With that in mind, here are some of the interesting federal contracting updates from the past week. This week we have stories about a potential government shutdown, the annual suspension and debarment report, and new tools coming to protect the supply chain from potential malicious actors.
It’s a busy travel period in our office. Just this week, I went to Warrensburg, Missouri for the Procurement Conference 2019 featuring Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler and John Mattox spoke at the 14th Veterans Business Conference in Fort Bliss, Texas. Next week, Matthew Schoonover will speak at APTAC’s 2019 Fall Training Conference. It’s been great to chat with folks at these conferences.
Despite all the travel, we’ve been keeping up with federal contracting news. This week, we wanted to share a number of stories, including the Justice Department’s anti-price collusion “strike force”, a crackdown on supply chain cybersecurity, and the number of suspended and debarred contractors fell for the fourth year in a row.
Hope everyone had a great Halloween yesterday! Around these parts, the thermometer got down to freezing last night. But I took the kids out for a quick trick-or-treat outing down the street. And we also had some fun painting pumpkins in the office.
Next week on Tuesday, John Mattox will be in Fort Bliss, TX for the 14th Annual Veterans Business Conference. And I’ll be in Warrensburg, MO on Wednesday for Congresswoman Hartzler’s Procurement Conference. We hope to see many of our SmallGovCon readers out there!
Amidst all the spooky fun, the government contracting news kept rolling in. This week, we highlight updates about supply chain cybersecurity, DOD modernizing software development, and the Pentagon announcing a big push to incorporate 5G technology.
Last night marked the start of the college basketball season here in Lawrence, and I attended the exhibition game for our Jayhawks in historic Allen Fieldhouse. For you college basketball fans, the road to March Madness begins now.
For you government contracting fans, there’s also news in that world. This week, we bring you updates about security guidance for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud, a reminder about FedBizOpps going away, and a House of Representatives panel looking into Native 8(a) contracting issues.
We’re getting into the Halloween spirit early in these parts, including Lawrence’s annual Zombie Walk that took place last night. Government contractors should not feel left out, as the CDC has its own Zombie Preparedness emergency preparedness campaign that you can check out.
We’ve also scared up some interesting (or potentially frightening) stories from the government contracting world this week. This week, look for updates about the National Background Investigations Bureau being transferred to Department of Defense, possibilities of the Section 8461 e-commerce effort; and new technology for FOIA reports.