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Former Commerce Employee Sentenced for Bribery Scheme

A former information technology official with the Department of Commerce was sentenced today to 4 years in prison and ordered to forfeit approximately $224,500 for conspiracy to pay and receive bribes, and acceptance of bribes by a public official. Source: Former Commerce Employee Sentenced for Bribery Scheme | USAO-EDVA | Department of Justice

VA Official Accused Of Taking Bribes In Exchange For Contract Information

Newly released court documents have revealed an elaborate scheme with a Veterans Affairs insider, who was accepting bribes for lucrative government contracts. Source: VA Official Accused Of Taking Bribes In Exchange For Contract Information « CBS Denver

GSA Relaxes Rules to Speed Contracting for Hurricane Relief Efforts

Eight days after addressing Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the General Services Administration on Thursday pivoted to the Irma storm aimed at Florida, relaxing certain contracting rules to encourage speed and local awards. Continue reading

Contractors acting as connective tissue to federal workers in wake of Irma and Harvey

Amid the 16,000 National Guard troops Florida activated, troops from U.S. Northern and Southern Command and Federal Emergency Management Agency employees, contractors are acting as the connective tissue between federal, state and local relief efforts. Continue reading

Termination For Default: The “No Reasonable Likelihood” Standard

Unfortunately for contractors in this position, as illustrated by a recent Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) decision, the result may be a default termination. Continue reading

Small Business Set-Asides: When The “Rule Of Two” Becomes The “Rule Of One”

An agency isn’t required to cancel a small business set-aside solicitation if the agency learns that one of the small businesses upon whom the set-aside decision rested is no longer small. Continue reading

Trio of DARPA procurements plan for ‘post-Moore’s Law’ world

Since the onset of the microcomputer revolution in the 1960s, global economic and technological progress has been largely fueled by regular, exponential leaps in computing power. With each passing year, computer chips have halved in size while doubling their processing power. Source: Trio of DARPA procurements plan for ‘post-Moore’s Law’ world — FCW

Offeror Unintentionally Files Size Protest, Confuses SBA OHA

A communication to a contracting officer taking issue with an awardee’s size can be treated as a size protest–even if the offeror making the communication didn’t intend to file a size protest. Continue reading

Release of Claims: Contractor Signatory Must Have Authority

The government sometimes refuses to pay a contractor for a modification when the government official requesting the modification lacks appropriate authority.   Continue reading

Civilian agency cuts in House spending bill are deep, not as drastic as proposal

It’s the first time since 2009 the House collectively passed all of its appropriations bills in one way or another. Continue reading