SmallGovCon Week In Review: February 15-19, 2016

Next week I will be in Washington, DC to sit in on the Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States oral arguments. I will be following that up with a blog post on Monday afternoon, a live Twitter Q&A session at 10am EST on Tuesday, February 23 and a free webinar at noon EST (also on Tuesday) detailing what I heard at the hearing.

If you are interested in joining the webinar you can register here and if you want to partake in the Twitter Q&A you can tweet your questions to me @StevenKoprince. On Monday and Tuesday, it’s all about Kingdomware.  In the mean time we bring you our weekly dose of news from around the nation. In this week’s SmallGovCon Week in Review, we take a look at how humans in lieu of technology are leading the charge against procurement fraud, Federal News Radio shines light on the frustrations with GSA, a four-year jail sentence in a kickback scheme, and more.

  • Federal fraud’s best defense is the human element when catching fraudsters targeting government programs. [FedTech]
  • Frustration is growing with the GSA’s inability to put some contracts in place even when is seems to be a pretty straightforward acquisition. [Federal News Radio]
  • An Alabama resident was handed down a sentence of 48 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for accepting unlawful kickbacks and tax evasion for his relationship with a federal prime contractor []
  • A corruption scandal involving the Hoover Dam is underway this week in conjunction with a $1 million government contract for a financial audit. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]
  • More scandal: a former VA contracting official has been sentenced for receiving a prepaid vacation package from a contractor. [Department of Justice]
  • The DoD has spent far more on services that products over the past five years, according to a new GAO report. [GAO]
  • The GSA is reporting major increased in orders from IT Schedule 70. [GSA]
  • It’s a problem commonly discussed but with few obvious solutions–the DoD is among agencies facing potential recruiting problems–due in large part to hiring efforts by contractors. [Federal News Radio]

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