As summer turns to fall (and football season), government contractors are dealing with the flurry of awards, orders and modifications that always accompanies the end of the federal fiscal year. In this week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review, a HUBZone fraudster gets jail time, a Navy report reveals systemic Berry Amendment violations (by the Navy!) and much more.
- Women entrepreneurs will now face fewer barriers and have taken a major step forward in leveling the playing field when entering the federal market with the passing of a new SBA rule set to take effect October 14th. [Phoenix Business Journal]
- HUBZone fraud has landed one man in prison for a year–and he must also pay $6.75 million in restitution. [IndeOnline.com]
- A new report reveals that nearly half of the Navy contracts that were reviewed violated the Berry Amendment, and a third of another sampling of contracts violated the Buy American Act. Not good, Navy. [AllGov]
- Hey contractors–you can’t penalize your employees for discussing their salaries anymore. [FierceGovernment]
- Things may just get easier for tech startups to bid on lucrative federal government contracts in the coming year. [Denver Business Journal]
- In a major piece of investigative reporting, Set-Aside Alert looks into claims that large businesses are awarded many small business set-aside contracts. [Set-Aside Alert]
- Contractors are not happy with the draft cybersecurity acquisition guidance and are requesting an extensive rewrite or for the OMB to scrap the whole thing. [Fedscoop]