SmallGovCon Week In Review: May 18 – May 22, 2020

Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend as we remember those who have sacrificed for our country. Memorial Day was first observed in 1868. At that time then Congressman and former general James Garfield remarked of those that had died for our country: “For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

While we remember their sacrifice, there was also much news in the world of federal contracting. This week saw stories, among others, of the ramifications of the STARS II contract hitting its ceiling, a new approach for multiple award contracts, and the Air Force’s plan to roll out “Skyborg” drones.

  • The downside of a wildly successful governmentwide 8(a) contract. [federalnewsnetwork]
  • Contract suit against U.S. kept from Court of Claims. [newenglandinhouse]
  • Air Force launches search for AI-enabled ‘Skyborg’ drones. [fedscoop]
  • What’s Congress got planned for federal contractors? [federalnewsnetwork]
  • HHS Proposes ‘IT Control Tower’ to Manage Strategic National Stockpile. [nextgov]
  • The current approach to awarding big multiple-award contracts is broken — here’s how to fix it. [federalnewsnetwork]
  • FEMA vehemently denies taking over state contracts for PPE purchases. [thedenverchannel]
  • GSA terminates McKinsey & Co.’s schedule contract. [federalnewsnetwork]