SmallGovCon Week in Review: April 19-April 23

As you move into the weekend, be on the lookout for the Pink Moon. It’s not really pink though, the name comes from the herb moss pink, also known as creeping phlox, so NASA tells me. This is one of the earliest flowers of spring. So even if you don’t actually see a pink moon, it still means spring is here.

Along with the moon, be sure to check out these government contracting updates, including a report on SBA review of PPP loans, changes to beta.SAM, and calls for emerging technologies for DoD.

  • CMMC: Some Frequently Asked Questions [NatDefMag]
  • Design Changes Coming Soon to beta.SAM [NextGov]
  • COVID-19 Loans:SBA Has Begun to Take Steps to Improve Oversight and Fraud Risk Management [GAO]
  • Six Language Recruiters Indicted for Recruiting Unqualified Linguists for Deployment with U.S. Armed Forces in Afghanistan [DOJ]
  • COVID-19 successes set new expectations for federal acquisition community [FedNewsNet]
  • Bill to strengthen IG independence seeks to correct ‘unconscionable’ long-term vacancies [FedNewsNet]
  • NITAAC CIO-SP4 is Coming Soon [NITAAC]
  • New bottleneck emerges in DOD’s contractor cybersecurity program, concerning assessors [FedScoop]
  • Survey: Large Contractors More Concerned Than Small Contractors About DOD’s Cybersecurity Certification Program [NextGov]
  • Riverside, California Construction Firm Pays $2.5 Million to Settle Allegations of Exploiting Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program, DOJ Reports [GoldRushCam]
  • The U.S. government needs access to commercial technologies to drive innovation [FedScoop]
  • After years of complaints, House committee considering changes to VA accountability office [FedNewsNet]
  • US Department of Labor Investigation Finds Three Florida Mail-Hauling Contractors in Violation of Federal Contract Requirements [DOL]
  • Mathematics Professor and University Researcher Indicted for Grant Fraud [DOJ]
  • Coronavirus Roundup: Vaccines Sent to All State Department Posts Abroad; SBA Makes Progress on Oversight and Fraud Detection for Pandemic Programs [GovExec]
  • Introducing the Emerging Technologies Institute [NatDefMag]