SmallGovCon Week In Review: July 27-31, 2015

With July almost over, we are looking forward to the remainder of the summer.  But even in the hottest weather, government contracting news never stops.  In this week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review, a new study pushes back at “bid protest hysteria,” Guy Timberlake continues his important discussion of federal agency classifications, CNN investigates alleged corruption in the AbilityOne program, and more.

  • A new study shows that contractor protests draw disproportionate media attention even though most of them get resolved relatively quickly without causing major disruptions to military procurement programs. [National Defense Magazine]
  • Guy Timberlake reaches out to a DoD Contracting Officer to reiterate the importance of understanding and utilizing the classification systems federal agencies use to describe the industries in which they do business. [GovConChannel]
  • CNN brings us an investigative report on alleged corruption, financial fraud and violations of the law that are occurring in the nation’s premier federal program that provides work for people who are severely disabled. [CNN]
  • Speaking of fraud, a new GAO report recommends ways in which agencies can combat program fraud. [FierceGovernment]
  • Although the government continues to lag well behind its 3% HUBZone goal, HUBZones are thriving in some areas. [Set-Aside Alert]
  • The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, which allows veteran-owned small businesses to participate in the General services Administration’s surplus property program, has received the support of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and David Vitter. [Dupage Policy Journal]

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