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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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 colleagues 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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Happy February, everybody! After a bit of frigid weather here in Lawrence this past week (though not nearly as frigid as it was for our friends up north), we’re gearing up for a spring-like weekend. Don’t get too jealous: it’ll turn cold again just a few days later. Gotta love that Kansas weather!
Now that the federal government is open again (at least for now), let’s take a look at some of the post-shutdown news in this edition of the Week In Review. We’ll look at federal IT spending, mounting shutdown effects, and, as usual, some contractors behaving badly.
Have a great weekend!Continue reading
I am pleased to announce that Shane McCall has joined our team of government contracts attorney-authors here at SmallGovCon. Shane is an associate attorney with Koprince Law LLC, where his practice focuses on federal government contracts law.
Before joining our team, Shane was an attorney with Lentz Clark Deines PA, where he advised individuals and small businesses alike on complex legal matters. Check out Shane’s full biography to learn more about our newest author, and don’t miss his first SmallGovCon post on how “fair and reasonable pricing” is evaluated under solicitations requiring line-item prices.