We’ve been having some great fall weather here in Kansas this week. From what I’ve heard from others around the country (other than the west coast), the cooler weather has definitely arrived. As you break out your sweaters and pumpkin spice . . . everything, check out the latest government contracting updates.
This week’s news included record spending at the end of the fiscal year, a report on the VA’s Medical-Surgical Prime Vendor Program, and updates on the Chinese telecom ban.
Next week, I’ll be speaking on small business federal contracting issues at for the AFCEA South Florida chapter. But if you can’t catch that talk, there’s a lot of federal contracting news to catch up on this week. Read on below.
Stories from the past week include the White House release of an executive order that may have some effect on federal contractors. The executive order requires a clause in federal contracts prohibiting federal contractors from using “workplace training that inculcates in its employees any form of race or sex stereotyping or any form of race or sex scapegoating.”
‘[R]ace or sex stereotyping’ means ascribing character traits, values, moral and ethical codes, privileges, status, or beliefs to a race or sex, or to an individual because of his or her race or sex, and the term ‘race or sex scapegoating’ means assigning fault, blame, or bias to a race or sex, or to members of a race or sex because of their race or sex.” Contractors should be aware of this new requirement, but we’ll have to see how it plays out in practice.
Read on for other interesting stories.
On Monday, the calendar officially moves to fall. Hopefully you have plans to enjoy the last weekend of Summer 2020, whether it’s at the beach, the lake, or just firing up the backyard grill.
Before the weekend begins, it’s time as always for our Friday rundown of the latest and greatest (or not-so-greatest) in federal government contracting. In this week’s edition, an Oregon man gets jail time for his role in a DoD fraud scheme, two members of the CMMC Advisory Board are unexpectedly out, the Air Force makes a long-term commitment to telework, and much more.
Before 2001, September 11 was just another day on the calendar. Now, nineteen years later, that date is burned into the minds of everyone old enough to remember. Today, let’s all take a moment to honor those who died, their loved ones, and the first responders who risked their lives to help others.
Before we head into the weekend, it’s time for our weekly look at what’s happening in the world of federal government contracts. In this week’s SmallGovCon Week in Review, a contractor agrees to pay back wages and fringe benefits after a government investigation, supply chain problems are hampering the typical end-of-fiscal-year spending boom, and much more.
It’s been a great (and busy) week for me and my colleagues at Koprince Law as we settle into our new roles. Along with our new roles, keeping our SmallGovCon readers apprised of the latest and greatest in government contracting remains one of our passions. As you move into a (hopefully relaxing) Labor Day weekend, let the sweet sounds of these government contracting updates be your guide.
This week, we’ve had updates on some big DOD contracts, Section 889 updates, and GSA evaluating price on some contracts at order–rather than IDIQ–level.
Hi SmallGovCon readers, this has been a busy and exciting week at Koprince Law! As we announced earlier, I’m proud to be the new managing partner and prouder still that Nicole Pottroff and Haley Claxton have been named senior associates at the firm. Keep tuning in, because we’ll be bringing you all the updates and commentary on federal contracting news that you can handle!
This week also saw some news in the wider federal contracting world, including a new frictionless acquisition approach, a next phase of category management, and a global construction services recompete.
Hope the end of the summer is going as well as it can for all of our readers. While the normal routines of fall, such as heading back to school, may have been temporarily interrupted, it’s still an exciting time as we head into my favorite season.
This week there were a number of government contracting stories that are worth following. These included using AI to aid in federal procurements, a temporary waiver for Chinese tech ban, and a DOD policy to pay back contractors faster for work stopped by COVID.