SmallGovCon Week In Review: November 11-15, 2013

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.

  • The Washington Post questions whether a highly successful 8(a) company violated the SBA’s affiliation rules.  [Washington Post]
  • Part Two of the Washington Post story questions a SDVOSB’s affiliations and control.  [Washington Post]
  • New statistics reveal “great” gains for WOSBs in federal contracting.  [Digital Journal]
  • An Inspector General audit has found significant issues with GSA National Capital Region contracts.  [FierceGovernment]
  • Register now for the American Small Business Coalition’s Holiday Charity Bash (my law firm is a proud sponsor).  [The ASBC]
  • President Obama says government IT procurement is “cumbersome and outdated.”  [Federal Times]
  • No surprise: sequestration and the shutdown produced a sharp drop in DOD contract awards.  [Bloomberg]

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