SmallGovCon Week In Review: May 16-20, 2016

As we forge into the second half of May, those of us around the Lawrence, KS are are preparing for a nice weekend full of beautiful weather and outdoor fun. But our weekend plans won’t stop us from bringing you the top stories from around the country in this week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review.

This week’s edition brings you a look at the possible hold put on DISA’s RFP, False Claims Act allegations leading to a $2.25M settlement, a company forced to dispose of its yacht and pay a hefty fine, and much more.

  • Defense Information Systems Agency may have to suspend its $17.5 billion RFP as the result of GAO protests challenging problems of GAO related problems with the solicitation. [E-Commerce Times]
  • General Services Administration plans to ease the process for health IT acquisitions through a new Special Item Number for that acquisition category. [Fierce Government]
  • A construction company accused of fraud involving a disadvantaged business enterprise has agreed to pay the United States more than $2,250,000 to settle the False Claims Act allegations. [United States Department of Justice]
  • If the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act passes, The Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer’s office may close and its duties reassigned to the two new undersecretaries for innovation and acquisitions management. [Defense News]
  • A company must pay the US Government $200k and dispose of its yacht to ensure that the company’s billing practice will not repeat itself in the future. [Lower Moreland Patch]
  • Four years in the making, a new final rule will amend the FAR to address basic safeguards of contractor information systems. [Fierce Government]
  • The Senate Armed Services Committee is trying to wean the DoD off of its reliance on cost contracts in favor of fixed price contracts. [Federal News Radio]
  • A government contractor failed to make 401(k) contributions pursuant to the Davis-Bacon Act resulting in the DoL seeking nearly $250,000 in unremitted employer contributions. [PlanSponsor]
  • A debate over LGBT discrimination by federal contractors led Democrats on the House floor jeering chants of “shame” at Republican lawmakers. [Government Executive]
  • A recent Defense Department audit showed that inaccurate data in contract follow-up records was present in as many as 10% of the data fields sampled. [Government Executive]