Event: Ethics in Federal Government Contracting Webinar hosted by Govology, June 15, 1:00pm EDT

Uncle Sam only wants to do business with ethical contractors — and not all of the government’s ethics rules are intuitive. In this webinar, government contracts attorney, Nicole Pottroff, explains the ins and outs of the key ethics rules contractors should know, including organizational conflicts of interest, contingent fees, collusion, gratuities, the False Claims Act, and the Procurement Integrity Act. The presentation concludes with an in-depth look at what a compliant Ethics Plan and Internal Compliance Program should include. We hope you will join us. Registration link here.

SmallGovCon Week in Review: May 29- June 2, 2023

Happy Friday! We hope you had a great week and can take time to enjoy your weekend. We’ve been receiving a lot of rain here in the Midwest lately. The rain gauge was completely full and topped out at 4 1/2″ in a 12 hour span of time, this past week. Everything outside is looking beautiful and I’m guessing there will be a lot of lawn mowing going on this weekend.

We’ve included several articles that hopefully provide some good information concerning federal government contracting this week. Enjoy your weekend!

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: May 22-26, 2023

Happy Friday and we hope you are looking forward to a nice, long weekend. Monday, May 29 is Memorial Day and an official federal holiday, but do you know when and why it was established? If not, here’s a brief history lesson.

After the Civil war, in late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to countless fallen soldiers. In 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York as the official birthplace of Memorial Day because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May and declared Memorial Day a federal holiday. So, now you have the background story of how this day was established. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and here are some recent articles, including ones on a pending default, VA contracts, and small disadvantaged businsses.

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OHA: Ill-Defined Joint Venture Agreement and State Law Requirements Means JV was Invalid

As readers of SmallGovCon know, SBA interprets its small business joint venture rules very strictly. A small business joint venture must follow all of SBA’s requirements down to the letter, or risk being found noncompliant. In a recent case, SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) examined how a joint venture was managed under the state law of Michigan and found that the joint venture was noncompliant with small business rules.

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: May 15-19, 2023

It’s Friday, once again, and time for another week in review. We hope you had a great week. This week in federal government contracting news there were several articles on the VA electronic health records contract, the debt talks, as well as plenty of examples of why one should never try to pull one over on the federal government without facing the consequences. Enjoy your weekend!

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: May 8-12, 2023

Happy Friday, Readers! The second week of May brought with it some rainy weather in the midwest. It’s difficult to stay ahead of getting the grass mowed when the grass is growing so quickly. Everything looks very lush and green here and the spring flowers are very colorful, as well. Only a few more weeks until school is out! Parents, are you ready?

We’ve included some interesting articles, from federal government contracting news this week, for you to read as you sit back and relax this weekend. There was multiple stories about efforts to increase a diverse small business supplier base, as well as news on some large multiple award contracts. Enjoy!

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SmallGovCon Week in Review: May 1-5, 2023

Happy Friday and happy May! I don’t know about you, but it sure seems like the pace picks up in the spring, as the weather gets warmer. The kids are getting ready for the summer break, there are graduations and weddings to attend and of course, it’s time to start mowing the lawn and preparing the gardens, too. We hope amid all the activities you have a chance to relax this weekend and, in the meantime, here are a few articles from the federal government contracting world, including updates on some prominent GSA acquisitions and the formal end of vaccine requirements for contractors. Have a great weekend!

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