Here in the Midwest, it seems we’re all looking for the first signs of fall even as summer continues (be that leaves changing color or pumpkin spice sightings). But even as the seasons turn, our conference schedule stays pretty busy throughout the year. Next week, my colleague Matthew Schoonover will be in Chantilly, VA for the 2019 National HUBZone Conference, speaking about size and affiliation issues. And Mathew Moriarty recently returned from a wonderful conference in Oklahoma.
As we finish up the summer and look towards fall, please enjoy some interesting tidbits from the government contracting world. This week, the FAR is updating rules about electronic transmission of task orders, the Alliant 2 small business contract continues to generate headlines, and agencies are releasing a flurry of solicitations.
As we wrote about, the Section 809 Panel had recommended that Congress eliminate most small business set-asides for DoD acquisitions. The Panel suggested replacing small business set-asides with a five percent small business price preference. It looks like Congress heard our concerns—and those voiced throughout industry—and will reject this suggestion.
It’s back to school week here in Lawrence. Kind of like parents doing a back to school shopping spree, the federal government’s spending calendar is also seeing more activity. The fourth quarter of the government’s fiscal year regularly sees a big spike in government spending.
Here is a roundup of some interesting happenings in government contracting world, including the draft STARS III IT solicitation for small businesses and new IRS procurement methods.
- GSA announces STARS III IT contract for small businesses. [fedscoop]
- Wilbraham business owner agrees to pay $1.3 million to federal government to settle false-claims case. [Masslive]
- DOJ not joining whistleblower’s False Claims Act case against companies with Navy contracts. [legalnewsline]
- IRS tries agile acquisition for data tools. [FCW]
- Department of Defense develops plan to correct contracting practices. [HomelandPrepNews]
- New tool to help contractors comply with federal workplace discrimination rules. [federalnewsnetwork]
- Guilty pleas in government contract furniture bid scheme. [woodworkingnetwork]
- Labor Unveils New Resources to Boost Contractor Hiring Compliance. [NextGov]
Thanks to my colleague Matthew Schoonover for handling week in review duties last week. After a week spent camping in the mountains of Colorado, I returned rested and with a newfound respect for bears, moose, and other wildlife.
Please enjoy this week’s roundup of federal government contracting news. There are some interesting stories in here about new IT contracting initiatives from GSA schedules, NASA, and the IRS; an increase in federal tech contracts; and DOD acquisition reform.
We’ve been enjoying summer out here in Lawrence. And many of our Koprince professionals are taking a little time to themselves for summer vacation. We hope our readers are able to do the same thing! Whether you’re getting back from a vacation or working regular hours, here’s our weekly roundup of interesting news from the federal government contracting to keep you updated on what’s been happening lately.
This week in the federal government contracting world, there is some interesting news, including updates on streamlined approaches to IT acquisition for GSA and DOD, the shutdown of the contracting department at Health and Human Services that did work for other agencies, and challenges facing small business contractors in the federal marketplace.
I am happy to announce that Gregory Weber has joined the great team of attorney-authors here at SmallGovCon. Greg is an associate attorney with Koprince Law LLC, where his practice focuses on federal government contracts law.
Before joining the team, Greg worked on federal and state regulatory compliance as a corporate officer for the nation’s largest home health and hospice company. Check out Greg’s full biography to learn more about our newest author, and don’t miss his first SmallGovCon post on size protests of task orders.
As many clients and friends of Koprince Law LLC already know, I announced last week that I will be retiring from the active practice of law, effective May 10. As that date draws closer, I will also step down from my role as editor of SmallGovCon, where I’ve written over 1,100(!) posts.
But fear not! Koprince Law and SmallGovCon will continue on, good as ever (albeit with slightly fewer references to things like boneless chicken wings). My colleague Matt Schoonover, a current Partner at the firm, will step into my shoes as Koprince Law’s Managing Partner, and my colleague Shane McCall will take over as SmallGovCon‘s editor.