SmallGovCon Week In Review: August 10-14, 2015

As the summer begins winding down, there is no shortage of government contracting news.  In this week’s SmallGovCon Week in Review, contractors push back against the executive order on sick leave, steps are being taken to strengthen cybersecurity requirements for contractors, the GAO recommends that agencies pursue deeper discounts when using the GSA Schedule, and more.

  • Federal contractors will try to stall and dilute President Obama’s executive order  requiring them to pay sick leave. [Forbes]
  • Four contracting trade associates are banding together to call for the cessation of executive actions that target the federal contracting community. [Washington Technology]
  • Is America’s secret weapon small business procurement? John Shoraka thinks so. [Government Executive]
  • A bogus bonding scheme sends a former CEO to jail and requires him to pay  $1.2 million in restitution. []
  • Steps are being taking to implement strengthened cybersecurity protections in federal acquisitions, therefore mitigating the risk of potential incidents in the future. [Federal Times]
  • Government agencies are getting help from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the form of new guidelines that will help them draft contracts with third-party groups. [SC Magazine]
  • Agencies should be pushing for discounts even further than those provided by the base Federal Supply Schedules prices, GAO says. [FierceGovernment]
  • The DoD struggled with determining reasonable prices for noncompetitive contracts because some contractors would not share pricing information. [FierceGovernment]

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