SmallGovCon Week In Review: December 7-11, 2015

With the unseasonably warm temperatures here in Kansas this week, we are trying to get ourselves into the holiday spirit as we patiently await the snow (not that I’m complaining if we don’t get any!)

As the holidays approach, here is our last edition of the SmallGovCon Week In Review.  In this edition, changes are on the way with the DoD mentor-protege program, the Senate will consider a bill to sharply curtail the use of reverse auctions, charges are made in an alleged $10.35 million bribery scheme, and more.

  • The Defense Department’s mentor-protege program is getting revamped to better align big and small business relationships. [AFCEA]
  • Senate to consider a bill that would severely limit the use of reverse auctions in the federal government has been placed on the legislative calendar. [Public Spend Forum]
  • Everyone involved in acquisition will be affected in one way or another when the Office of Management and Budget and its Office of Federal Procurement Policy create a new infrastructure. [Government Executive]
  • A Romanian national has been charged in Sacramento federal court with bribing an Air Force officer to obtain a $10.35 million military contract. [The Sacramento Bee]
  • A columnist presents a controversial proposal: eliminate the ability of contractors to challenge negative performance ratings. I’m not sold. [FCW]
  • The Office of Personnel Management contracting staff violated federal contracting rules, lost track of paperwork and failed to properly secure an independent cost estimate of the contract surrounding the post-hack contract. [Nextgov]

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