SmallGovCon Week In Review: November 9-13, 2015

After the disappointment of a last-minute cancellation of oral arguments in the Kingdomware Supreme Court case, I had a great trip to Washington, DC, where the highlight was speaking at the 2015 APTAC Fall Conference.  Next week, it’s off to Pittsburgh for the National Veterans Small Business Engagement, where I will be giving three Learning Sessions (and hopefully hearing more from the VA on its proposed SDVOSB program overhaul).

But for now, I’m back in beautiful Lawrence, Kansas and ready with our weekly dose of government contracting news.  In this week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review, a commentator weighs in on the VA’s proposed new SDVOSB regulations, another asks why the numbers of veteran-owned businesses are dropping, OPM violates the FAR in a contract award, and much more.

  • A commentator weighs in on the VA’s proposal to amend its regulations for SDVOSB and VOSB verification. [Federal News Radio]
  • Why are the number of small businesses owned by veterans dropping by more than 25%? One commentator offers some potential answers. [The Business Journals]
  • Officials in OPM’s Office of Procurement Operations violated the FAR and the agency’s own policies when awarding the contract to provide credit monitoring and ID theft services. [Nextgov]
  • According to some in industry, the DHS has sown a “culture of fear” among potential contractors. [Federal News Radio]
  • An agency can–despite a common misconception–meet “one-on-one” with a potential contractor. [Eileen Kent]
  • Not to be lost in the shuffle: Wednesday was Veterans Day.  Thank you to all those who served.

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