SmallGovCon Week In Review: Feb. 3-7, 2014

We are digging out after a snowstorm here in the Midwest, and I plan to stay warm tomorrow by cheering on the Jayhawks in their game against West Virginia.  But before I turn my attention to Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and company, there are plenty of government contracts headlines worth sharing.

In this week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review, some 8(a) companies question whether they program had brought them any advantages, a commentator discusses the “blessing and curse” of mentor-protege agreements, the government may meet its 23% small business goal for FY 2013, and much more.

  • In a troubling study, 87% of surveyed 8(a) firms said that they weren’t sure the 8(a) program had brought them any advantages.   [Federal Computer Week]
  • A proposed FAR rule would clarify how agencies claim SDB credit when an 8(a) firm graduates or grows larger than the contract’s size standard.  [FierceGovernment]
  • The DHS has emerged victorious in the first of many EAGLE II protests to be decided by the GAO.  [Federal News Radio]
  • A commentator discusses the “blessing and curse” of mentor-protege relationships.  [Washington Technology]
  • A bipartisan Senate bill would increase the authority–and pay–of agency Inspectors General.  [Federal Computer Week]
  • The government might meet the 23% small business goal for FY 2013–for the first time since 2005.  [Set-Aside Alert]
  • An expert panel offers five tips for small government contractors to get ahead in 2014.  [Federal News Radio]
  • Information in the government’s property database is “useless” according to a GAO report.  [FierceGovernment]

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