SmallGovCon Week in Review: May 21 – 25, 2018

Memorial Day is almost here, which means the unofficial start of summer. I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend while remembering all the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country.

In this week’s edition of the SmallGovCon Week in Review, two Topeka men were named in a scheme to fraudulently obtain government contracts set aside for minority and disabled military veteran contractors, contractors argue that a Pentagon proposal to curb bid protests would deny fair access of companies seeking relief from potentially unjustified awards, and much more (including some special pre-holiday snarky commentary by yours truly).

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: May 14 – 18, 2018

As we head into the second half of May, it is time for graduation parties and summer fun.  But before we enjoy the weekend, it’s Friday and time for the SmallGovCon Week in Review.

In this week’s edition, we highlight GAO giving contractors a second chance to make it into the OASIS unrestricted pool; an audit showing that DOD isn’t giving small businesses enough opportunity; DSS’ plans for a new methodology to vet security of contractor facilities; and more.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review May 7 – 11, 2018

For all the mothers out there, happy Mother’s Day!  We hope you have a great, relaxing weekend.  But first, it’s Friday, and time for the SmallGovCon Week in Review.

In this week’s edition, we’ll discuss an important update to the VA’s CVE application process. We’ll also update you on the on-going saga regarding the Department of Education’s student loan servicing contracts and, as is our (unfortunate) custom, highlight some of the week’s examples of government contractors behaving badly.

Enjoy!

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: April 30 – May 4, 2018

It’s Friday and I’m looking forward to a great weekend here in the Midwest.  The Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday, so if horses are your thing, grab your best (or most outrageous) hat, a mint julep and enjoy!  But first, it’s time to find out what is new in the wide world of government contracts.

In this week’s edition of the SmallGovCon Week in Review, an acquisition reform panel says it is on track to reduce the size of the DFARS by 50%, alleged SBIR fraud results in a $1.9 million settlement, the DoD resumes its attack on contractors’ protest rights, and more.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: April 23 – 27, 2018

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend here in Lawrence, with temperatures in the 70s and lots of sun.  I’m looking forward to some time outdoors finally enjoying the spring.  But before I hit the exit at the office, it’s time for our weekly dose of government contracts news and notes.

In this week’s edition of the SmallGovCon Week in Review, a well-known large federal contractor is accused of underpaying its employees, a commentator asks whether RFIs are one big waste of time, the Secretary of Defense says criminal charges are likely as part of a major contracting investigation, and much more.

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SmallGovCon Weeks in Review: April 9 – 20, 2018

I was enjoying a day off last Friday, so we have a lot of catching up to do on government contracting news and notes.  It’s time for a special two-week super-sized edition of the SmallGovCon Week in Review.

In this edition, the GAO looks at NASA’s investigations of contractor whistleblowing complaints, the SBA announces nine new Women’s Business Centers, the Coast Guard sinks $60 million into an electronic health record system procurement with nothing to show for it,  70,000 contractors must provide notarized letters in the wake of a “SAM scam” and much more.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: April 2 – 6, 2018

Winter refuses to end here in Lawrence, Kansas as snow is in the forecast tonight.  But before we settle in for a cold weekend, it’s time for the SmallGovCon Week in Review.

In this week’s edition, how the DoD will collect data to help reduce time for awards,  two construction companies have agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve whistleblower claims related to set-aside contracts, the GSA and OMB move forward with the e-commerce initiative established in the 2018 NDAA and much more.

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