SmallGovCon Week in Review: October 18-22, 2021

Hope everyone is enjoying their fall. I’ll be doing some pumpkin carving this week after going to the pumpkin patch. It was another busy week in the federal government contracting world. The vaccine mandate has been a hot topic, this week, as well as the passing of General Colin Powell.

Here are a few articles that we found to be of interest to those in federal government contracting. Enjoy and have a great weekend.

  • Colin Powell, Who Shaped U.S. National Security, Dies at 84 [NYT]
  • CEO of Major Defense Contractor Charged with Bribery [DoJ]
  • Army looks to increase oversight, centralization of IT spending [FedScoop]
  • Audit of Noncompetitive Contracts in Support of Overseas Contingency Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq [DoS]
  • GSA expects to issue Polaris solicitation by Dec. 21 [FedScoop]
  • GSA Wants a Real Person Associated With Every SAM Registration Before Fiscal Year’s End [NextGov]
  • What are the top federal professional services opportunities in FY22? [FedNewsNet]
  • Former Security Services Executives Plead Guilty to Rigging Bids for Department of Defense Security Contracts [DoD]
  • Military Supplier to Pay $850,000 to Settle Breach of Contract and False Claims Act Allegations [D0J]
  • NAVAIR Soliciting Proposals for $600M Product Support Management/Integration Contract [GovConWIre]
  • Fraudster Convicted in Maryland After Seven Day Trial for Federal Money Laundering Conspiracy Charges Related to International Fraud Scheme [DoJ]
  • Vax Rule’s ‘Gray’ Areas May Help Contractors Beat Fraud Claims [Bloomberg]
  • When it comes to supply chain risks, agencies need to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em [FedNewsNet]
  • Streamlining of DOJ Acquisition Regulations [FedReg]
  • Implementation of Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, in Other Transaction Agreements [D0D]
  • DoD civilians will be suspended without pay and then fired if they do not get vaccinated [FedNewsNet]
  • Navy Department to increase accountability of primes to meet subcontracting goals [FedNewsNet]
  • VHA begins disciplinary process for employees who haven’t responded to vaccine mandate [FedNewsNet]
  • House oversight committee refers veterans’ records backlog to NARA inspector general [FedScoop]