SmallGovCon Week in Review, April 18-22, 2022

Happy Friday, Readers! I hope you had a very productive week. It’s hard to believe that we are almost through the month of April already and It won’t be long before the kids are out of school. Parents get ready!!!

The world of federal government contracting just seems to get busier and busier. This week there were several articles on the Pentagon’s budget increasing for AI capabilities and the implementation of Buy American Preference for infrastructure. We’ve also included a few cautionary tales on why it’s a terrible idea for contractors, or anyone else, to try to defraud the federal government. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

  • Biden requests $773 billion for Pentagon, a 4% boost [FedTimes]
  • State Department tech leader says pace of operational demands has helped to spur cloud transition [FedScoop]
  • Mysterious American robotic ships headed to Ukraine [FedScoop]
  • Missouri contractor charged with fraud for minority business claims [ConstDive]
  • JAIC director sees improvement in Pentagon contracting for artificial intelligence capabilities [FedScoop]
  • Initial Implementation Guidance on Application of Buy America Preference in Federal Financial Assistance Programs for Infrastructure [Whitehouse]
  • Government Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bribing a Government Official [DoJ]
  • GSA’s busy 2022 so far: Inflation, 876 and a new strategy [FedNewsNet]
  • Department of Veterans Affairs receives $10.5M from TMF to support transition [FedScoop]
  • Despite delay, experts not concerned by DOD’s JWCC cloud contract timeline [FedScoop]
  • Why Congress should reauthorize, strengthen the SBIR program [FedNewsNet]
  • Idaho woman pleads guilty in case involving more than $11 million in government contracts [EastIdahonews]
  • GSA Announces Actions to Advance Equity and Supplier Diversity in Federal Procurement [GSA]
  • Biden to require US-made steel, iron for infrastructure [FedNewsNet]
  • DHS Outlines Steps to Increase Contract Opportunities in Equity Action Plan [HSToday]