SmallGovCon Week In Review: November 2-6, 2015

As another week ends, I am getting ready for a trip to Washington DC next week to speak at the APTAC 2015 Fall Training Conference (my plans to attend Supreme Court oral arguments in the Kingdomware case were spoiled at the last minute).

SDVOSB news dominated government contracting headlines this week, but there was plenty more going on.  This week, the SmallGovCon Week In Review takes a look at what contract consolidation means for contractors, a fraud and cover up scheme that is wrapping up, another case of a contractor trying to swindle money from the government and more.

  • Large contract vehicles are facing consolidation by about 1,000 contacts. What does this mean for contractors? [Washington Business Journal]
  • A prison sentence has been handed down in the case of a conspiracy between a contractor and State Department official involving false invoices. [7th Space Interactive]
  • Two tech companies agreed to pay a combined $12.75 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act. [The United States Department of Justice]
  • A contract that began nearly a decade ago is coming to a head after a Yonkers construction company bamboozled the government out of federal funds. [lohud]
  • The VA’s VeteransFirst Contracting Program has made big strides, but there is still room for improvement, according to testimony at a House subcommittee hearing. [Federal News Radio]
  • Procuring agencies have implemented only about 32% of GAO recommendations to improve acquisition and operations of IT. [GAO Website] 
  • The DFARS has been amended to remove Cuba as a designated State Sponsor of Terrorism. [Federal Register]

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