SmallGovCon Week In Review: March 14-18, 2016

With much of the country on spring break this week, it has allowed us to slow down a little bit to enjoy the weather and more importantly spend some time working on our March Madness picks. (That Little Rock win was amazing, but blew up my brackets).

So while I no longer have to worry about a perfect bracket, I do have to make sure that the weekend doesn’t arrive without a dose of SmallGovCon Week In Review. This installment looks at alleged procurement fraud in upstate New York, a deeper look at why it took the SBA so long to reach its WOSB contracting goals, a new online database that was launched to help small business gain federal contracts, and much more.

  • A federal grand jury has returned an indictment that charged two businessmen with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud in order to obtain federal contracts. [Buffalo Business First]
  • The Alliant 2 contracts will likely be the largest federal IT services contracts of the next decade–and the GSA is getting ready to release the RFPs. [NextGov]
  • A good question: why did it take 20 years for the SBA to reach its goal in the amount of federal contracts awarded to WOSBs? [Fast Company]
  • Steps are being taken to ensure sufficient competition in all socioeconomic categories that will hopefully boost participation from some of the small business categories that are currently underrepresented on the CIO-SP3 GWAC. [Federal Times]
  • Set-Aside Alert brings us an inside look into women contractors getting more set-asides–but for one group of women-owned businesses, there is an important caveat. [Set-Aside Alert]
  • The GSA wants small businesses to get more federal contracts, and just launched a new online database to help them find good opportunities. [Federal Times]
  • The agency charged with checks and balances in the federal regulatory process is itself overworked and suffering from a lack of transparency, according to some in Congress. [Federal News Radio]

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