SmallGovCon Week In Review: July 13 – 17, 2015

After doubling up the Week In Review last Friday, we are back to our regular one-per-week format. Today, SmallGovCon Week In Review features stories about the GAO’s hard-hitting report on the Buy Indian program, a lengthy prison sentence for bribery of a VA official, the beginning of the fourth quarter “spending season,” and much more.

  • Contracts set aside for Indian-owned businesses have left BIA and IHS with limited insight into implementation of the Buy Indian Act. [FierceGovernment]
  • A Hopewell, New Jersey woman learned the hard way that bribing a Department of Veterans Affairs employee will will get you hard time, as a 37-month prison sentence is handed down in a SDVOSB fraud case. []
  • If the annual SBA scorecard is out, then questions about the methodology are sure to follow.  Did the government count large business contracts as “small” for goaling purposes? [GovExec]
  • GSA introduces OASIS (One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services), which will provide interactive, near real-time information. [FierceGovernment]
  • Is it time to move to a more simplified and fair way to measure pricing equality so that responsible contractors are not unfairly trapped? [FCW]
  • The “federal holiday spending season” is upon us! 32-34 percent of large federal agency contract obligations are made in the fourth quarter. [FCW]
  • No wonder contracting offices can be a mess: agencies are poaching each others’ employees. [GovExec]
  • The GSA is pushing for new acquisition tools. [Federal Times]

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