SmallGovCon Week In Review: February 29-March 4, 2016

Now that the calendar says March, I’m getting ready for March Madness.  The basketball excitement is building here in Lawrence, home of the #1 ranked Jayhawks.  Tomorrow, I’ll be at Allen Fieldhouse for the last home game of the season, and a farewell to senior standout Perry Ellis.

But don’t worry, I won’t let my excitement over March Madness deter me from bringing you our SmallGovCon Week In Review. This week’s collection of government contracts stories brings great news for WOSBs and EDWOSBs, an update on the abrupt cancellation of a major DHS contract, an effort to permit SDVOSBs to obtain disadvantaged status with the Department of Transportation, and much more.

  • Great news for WOSBs: the SBA is expanding the number of NAICS codes under which WOSBs and EDWOSBs can receive set-aside and sole source awards. [Federal Register]
  • The Department of Homeland Security will not resuscitate a $675 million cyber contract, which was cancelled after a two-year competition. [Nextgov]
  • A recent modification to the FAR brings good news for contractors who are in their last five year period of their 20-year GSA Schedule contracts. [Global Services]
  • It’s been a long time coming but the federal government has, for the first time, met its goal of awarding five percent of contracting money to businesses owned by women. [New York Times]
  • Speaking of the five percent WOSB goal, Guy Timberlake of GovConChannel questions the actual effort put forth by the agencies credited with achieving women-owned business contracting goals. [GovConChannel]
  • A company with more than $46 million in federal government contracts, is being sued over alleged hiring discrimination against women and other minorities. [NBC News]
  • Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) calls on the Senate to pass a bill permitting veteran-owned businesses to obtain DBE status with the DOT. [The Hill]

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