Our first SmallGovCon Week In Review of August is jam-packed with great articles to keep you informed on the latest and greatest (or maybe not-so-greatest) in government contracting. This month features stories on the OPM hack, the soaring popularity of reverse auctions, how procurement reform is shifting, a new executive order and a new rule that may be detrimental to contractors.
As June winds down and we head into the last weekend of the month, I hope you are finding time to relax and catch up on your Vitamin D this summer. There was a lot in the news this week, starting with the Supreme Court’s decision to take on the Kingdomware SDVOSB case. I will continue to keep you posted on Kingdomware, but in the meantime, here are some other government contracts stories making news this week.
After a hectic but enjoyable week at the Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium in Illinois, it’s nice to be back in the office. To help you catch up with the weeks notable stories is this edition of SmallGovCon Week In Review.
After a Thanksgiving hiatus (which I spent enjoying traditional American pastimes such as eating and watching football, rather than reading bid protest decisions), it’s time to get back to government contracts news.
In this week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review, the VA has cancelled the contract of the company performing SDVOSB verifications. The implications are anyone’s guess, but they probably aren’t good–and Jill Aitoro’s story in the Washington Business Journal is a “must read” for all SDVOSBs. Other news and commentary of note includes a new GSA sourcing plan, a breakdown of 8(a) STARS II numbers, “crazy subcontractors” and more.
The government’s rules for small contractors made national headlines this week, in the form of a pair of Washington Post investigative stories. Those stories, which involve the 8(a) program, SDVOSB program, set-aside rules, and affiliation, are “must reads” for anyone in the industry–although it is worth remembering that the companies in question have not been found guilty of any wrongdoing (at least not yet).
In case you missed the Post stories, they are part of this week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review, along with some good news for WOSBs, a drop in DOD awards, and an opportunity to register for the American Small Business Coalition’s Holiday Charity Bash.
I am in sunny Southern California, where I am speaking on teaming and joint venturing at an excellent PTAC conference. Meanwhile, as the effects of the shutdown begin to slowly fade, a wide variety of government contracts news is making headlines.
In this week’s SmallGovCon Week in Review, the DHS’s EAGLE II awards come under fire, a GAO report alleges poor contracting practices at the Bureau of Land Management, Guy Timberlake of the American Small Business Coalition explains the importance of understanding and using government contracting data, and much more.
Halloween is almost here and government contracting is (mostly) returning to normal following the shutdown.
In this week’s SmallGovCon Week in Review, the Washington Post discusses three major small business IDIQs on tap for early 2014, Set-Aside Alert examines the possibility of a second shutdown, Federal News Radio has a piece on the prevalence of “low price” acquisitions, and much more.