SmallGovCon Week In Review: August 15-19, 2016

With the Olympics coming to a close this Sunday, we can look forward to getting back to our usual sleeping patterns without the lure of athletes seeking gold in Rio. So while preparations are ongoing for the closing ceremony and the eventual torch hand off to Tokyo, we continue to work to bring you the top government contracting news and notes for the week.

In this week’s SmallGovCon Week in Review, a businessman will serve prison time after stealing a veteran’s identity and using it to obtain SDVOSB contracts, the first protest of the Alliant 2 solicitation has been filed, faulty military helmets manufactured at a Texas prison under a government contract have been recalled, and much more.

  • A six-year prison sentence was handed down to a businessman stealing a disabled veteran’s identity and using the information to seek $2.7 million in government contracts. [CBS DFW]
  • Has the VA acted too hastily when it quickly complied with the U.S. Supreme Court’s “rule of two” decision in the Kingdomware Case? [Federal News Radio]
  • A $2.25 million fine will be paid out by a research and development company, financed largely by federal government funding, to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by seeking disbursements from federal agencies for falsified labor costs. [United States Department of Justice]
  • The first protest has come just six weeks after the GSA released the request for proposals for the massive IT services multiple award contract known as Alliant 2. [Federal News Radio]
  • Government marketing expert Michelle Hermelee, CSCM, discusses two of the new GSA initiatives and what they mean for federal contractors. [Government Product News]
  • Small businesses that contract with the federal government fear proposed changes to regulations will push them out of the bidding process. [The Hill]
  • Mid-tier companies of smaller size are finding it impossible to compete on Alliant 2 Unrestricted and are voicing complaints that could result in a pre-award protest. [Washington Technology]
  • More than 126,000 helmets manufactured at a Texas prison under a government contract were recalled after inspectors found major defects, including serious ballistic failures. [The Washington Times]
  • Industry now has another two weeks to submit bids for Alliant 2, the largest IT contract released in the past decade, after an extension by the General Services Administration. [Nextgov]