SmallGovCon Week In Review: June 8 – June 12, 2020

Happy Friday and welcome to another addition of the SmallGovCon Week in Review. Mark your calendars as my colleagues will be providing government contracting insights in multiple forums in the next few weeks. And, of course, there are some interesting updates from the world of federal contracting this past week.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: June 1 – June 5, 2020

Hope everyone is having a nice Friday. For those with questions about teaming arrangements, joint ventures, or the All-Small Mentor Protege Program, be sure to check out an upcoming event: on June 16, my colleague Matthew Schoonover will be presenting on all three at the Iowa PTAC & Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island Partnership Event online.

This week saw some intriguing updates in the government contracting world. For one, GAO released its snapshot on government spending for fiscal year 2019, revealing that discretionary government spending increased about $20 billion versus 2018, going to $586 billion. Otherwise, trends for 2019 were similar to 2018. DOD spending was about 65% of the total, while services across all agencies made up about 60% of spending. More insights are included in the article listed below.

In other news, the CMMC accreditation body will soon release assessor training requirements, SBA has an online MBA program for  veteran small business owners, and Oklahoma contractors will pay a $2.8 million settlement for False Claims allegations involving fraudulent small business set-aside contracts.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: May 25 – May 29, 2020

As we end May and roll into June, rainy weather has descended on the Midwest. But there’s always sunshine around the corner. In our case, around the corner will be this weekend as the Kansas City region is scheduled to have sunny skies.

This week saw plenty of interesting stories in the federal contracting world, including a false claims settlement related to misrepresenting use of a small disadvantaged business, a new Department of Labor office aims to help federal contractors comply with rules, and the federal government moving to virtual sales meetings.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: May 18 – May 22, 2020

Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend as we remember those who have sacrificed for our country. Memorial Day was first observed in 1868. At that time then Congressman and former general James Garfield remarked of those that had died for our country: “For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

While we remember their sacrifice, there was also much news in the world of federal contracting. This week saw stories, among others, of the ramifications of the STARS II contract hitting its ceiling, a new approach for multiple award contracts, and the Air Force’s plan to roll out “Skyborg” drones.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: May 11 – May 15, 2020

This week on the blog we continued to bring you coverage of COVID-19 related issues, including some timely updates on SBA’s extension of the deadline to return funds under the Paycheck Protection Program.

But there was much more federal contracting news this week, including articles about a fill-in for the 8(a) STARS II vehicle, restructuring of government IT procurement units, and a proposed new COVID-19 relief bill that could help federal contractors.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: May 4 – May 8, 2020

While we’ve recently enjoyed some sunny spring weather in Lawrence, KS, this week saw the other side of spring: overcast days and rain. While working from home, this means staring out the window at a grey sky. So, while we continue to cope with the effects of COVID-19, it can be comforting to read about the wheels of government continuing to turn.

This week, we saw federal contracting updates in the areas of the DOD shoring up the industrial base, a guilty plea for bribery and a settlement for allegations of SDVOSB fraud, and news that the government continues to buy during the pandemic.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: April 27 – May 1, 2020

The federal government and federal contractors continue to deal with the fallout from COVID-19, while still providing the many functions of government. Because the work of government keeps on keepin’ on, there were a number of interesting updates in the federal contracting world this week.

These included news about how COVID-19 is affecting small business contractors, the Air Force’s investment in flying cars (!) using a new acquisition model, and DoD’s desire for first-tier suppliers to meet ‘Level One’ CMMC criteria.

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