SmallGovCon Week In Review: May 11-15, 2015

I am excited to announce the re-launch of the popular SmallGovCon Week In Review series!  Each Friday, SmallGovCon will provide a snapshot of some of the week’s top news and commentary from the government contracting community.

In this week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review, a False Claims Act settlement, a proposal to ban so-called “inverted” firms from receiving government contracts, Guy Timberlake weighs in on the proposed increase to the Simplified Acquisition Threshold, and much more.

  •  A contractor allegedly received HUBZone certification by giving false address information–and could have avoided any problems by moving half a mile. []
  • Members of Congress have reintroduced legislation that would block reclassified “foreign-owned” companies from receiving government contracts. [National Association of Government Contractors]
  • According to its own Inspector General, the Commerce Department isn’t doing a good job of auditing its contractors, which is required under federal law. [FierceGovernment]
  • The DOJ announced that an agreement was made to pay $9 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations regarding a the hiring of non-compliant workers. [The National Law Review]
  • The House has proposed to increase the Simplified Acquisition Threshold to $500,000–but Guy Timberlake of The American Small Business Coalition is skeptical. [GovConChannel]
  • Jaime Gracia of Seville Government Consulting, LLC weighs in on the House’s proposal for a study on how Defense contractors are using bid protests. [LinkedIn]
  • Small business procurements hit 25.05% of all federal contracts in FY 2014, according to the Small Business Dashboard database. [Set-Aside Alert]

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