SmallGovCon Week in Review: June 13-17, 2022

Happy Friday and Happy Juneteenth! This year, June 19, Juneteenth, falls on a Sunday, so the federal holiday, established in 2021, will be observed on Monday, June 20. Juneteenth arose from the date of June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas–when African Americans in the state learned of their freedom due to the Emancipation Proclamation and Thirteenth Amendment. Juneteenth celebrations often focus on education and reflection on the path to freedom as well as the steps still needed to achieve equity in our country.

We encourage you to participate in your state and local Juneteenth festivities to honor this important date in American history. Have a great weekend!

  • ‘Grandmother of Juneteenth’ celebrates federal holiday — but there is more work to do. Here’s how you can help [CNN]
  • New VA portals provide simplicity, transparency to vendor interactions [FedNewsNet]
  • More reality checks could help keep DOD programs on time and on budget, GAO says [FSW]
  • The White House just pulled its nominee to fill the still-vacant job of federal procurement chief [FCW]
  • Four Million Hard-Hit Businesses Approved for Nearly $390 Billion in COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans [SBA]
  • We get the latest on how inflation is impacting government contracting [FedNewsNet]
  • DOE Announces Contract Awards and Issues Fourth Emergency Sale of Crude Oil From the Strategic Petroleum Reserve [DoE]
  • KBR Defendants Agree to Settle Kickback and False Claims Allegations [DoJ]
  • CDAO sees contracting as a way to build innovation [FedNewsNet]
  • Space Systems Command using a ‘buy first’ attitude with procurement [FedNewsNet]
  • Congress wants more oversight over VA’s plans to implement automation [FedNewsNet]
  • Frederick County Businessman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud in Connection with Overcharging the U.S. Postal Service Under His Company’s Contract to Perform Maintenance and Repair Services at Postal Service Facilities [DoJ]
  • Are Governmentwide Contracts Helping or Hurting Small Contractors? [CoSB]