Here at SmallGovCon, we’re working to keep our readers informed of the rapidly changing situation involving COVID-19 and how federal contractors can adapt and thrive in meeting the federal government’s various needs. We’ve also raised some serious questions and provided practical advice for federal contractors. There is also a roundup of other interesting news from the federal contracting world as you settle into this Easter weekend.
This week saw a number of interesting posts related to COVID-19:
- Some big questions about the Paycheck Protection Program, including the lingering debate over whether foreign-owned entities are eligible, as well as the affiliation rules applicable to program applicants.
- An update on another one of SBA’s programs–for expanded access to Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
- A change to remove approval requirements for Other Transaction Authority for biomedical research and development.
Here’s what else is happening in the federal contracting universe:
- Small Business Owners Frustrated With Troubled Paycheck Protection Program Launch. [forbes]
- Agencies fell well short of goal to award next-generation telecom task orders. [federalnewnetwork]
- SA expects delay awarding commercial e-marketplace pilots. [fedscoop]
- Industry Groups Request Extension to Comply with Ban on Huawei, Other Chinese Suppliers. [nextgov]
- Why do small government contractors often fail to invest in ethics and compliance programs? [fcpablog]
- DoD, DHS setting the bar high for vendor communication. [federalnewsnetwork]
- Dcode adds venture capital network to support government-focused startups. [fedscoop]
- GAO warns agencies are behind in preparing for telecom contract transition. [federaltimes]
- All American Prisoners Have Been Promised Coronavirus Surgical Masks — A Nonprofit For The Blind Won A $1.3 Million Contract To Deliver Them. [forbes]
- GM signs $490M contract under Defense Production Act to build ventilators to fight coronavirus pandemic. [usatoday]