SmallGovCon Week in Review: October 3-7, 2022

Happy Friday and happy October, Readers. There were a lot of announcements this week in Federal Government Contracting, including new guidance from the White House for federal agencies to increase the share of government contracting dollars to small, disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) in fiscal year 2023. It is part of the administration’s effort to steer $100 billion in new contracting opportunities to minority-owned businesses over the next five years.  The SBA’s  Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman , announced the awarding of $300,000 to deliver existing training programs through the SBA’s Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program, as well as announcing over $5.4 million in funding through the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. FAST provides small businesses and startups, particularly those in underserved communities, with specialized training, mentoring, and technical assistance for research and development. Grant selectees can qualify for award amounts of up to $125,000 each. You can read more announcements and other federal government contracting news in the articles below. Have a great weekend.

  • SBA Awards Over $5.4 Million in Grants to Strengthen Research Funding Opportunities Across the U.S. [SBA]
  • White House sets target for small, disadvantaged businesses to receive 12% of federal contracting dollars [FedScoop]
  • SBA Awards Funding to Organizations to Deliver Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program [SBA]
  • White House raises contract spending goals for small, disadvantaged businesses [FCW]
  • Navy’s innovation hub preps three new ideas to attract, fund small innovators [FedNewsNet]
  • Administrator Guzman Applauds Passage of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Reauthorization, Committing to Scientific and Technology Innovation [SBA]
  • Biden Contractor Vaccine Mandate Meets Tough Fifth Circuit Panel [BLaw]
  • Watchdog Again Pushes GSA to End Contracting Pilot Program [NextGov]
  • President Biden OKs 11-Week Government Funding Extension [GovConWire]
  • Goal Raised for Contracts to Small Disadvantaged Businesses [FedWeek]
  • GSA Seeks Industry Input on Clean Construction Materials [GSA]
  • US Department of Labor, Loomis Armored US Enter Agreement Resolving Alleged Race- and Gender-Based Hiring Discrimination at Houston Facility [DoL]
  • Former Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging and Bribery [DoJ]
  • The Buy American Act and Other Federal Procurement Domestic Content Restrictions [CRS]