SmallGovCon Week In Review: December 9-13, 2013

As 2013 begins to draw to a close, there is still no shortage of government contracting news and commentary.

This week, many headlines were dedicated to a GAO report on reverse auctions (as well as the VA’s decision to suspend their use).  Those reverse auction stories, along with articles about the shakeup at the VA CVE, labor law violations, and much more, are in this week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review.

  • The GAO is recommending that acquisition rules be revised to account for the increase in reverse auctions.  [Federal Computer Week]
  • Many agencies aren’t aware of fees paid when using reverse auctions.  [FierceGovernment]
  • The VA has decided to stop using reverse auctions, although the reason for the decision is unclear.  [Federal News Radio]
  • The VA’s Tom Leney says there is “zero impact” from the change in contractors processing SDVOSB applications.  [Washington Business Journal]
  • Senator Tom Coburn is questioning the independence of USAID’s inspector general.  [Federal Times]
  • The Native PTAC provides an overview of the Indian Incentive Program. [Native PTAC]
  • Stan Soloway of the Professional Services Council discusses differing government and industry views on LPTA procurements.  [Washington Business Journal]
  • Forty-nine contractors have been the subject of 1,800 Labor Department actions from 2007 to 2012.  [Government Executive]

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