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SDVOSB & 8(a) Fraud: Prison Sentences Handed Down

A North Carolina couple is heading to prison after being convicted of defrauding the SDVOSB and 8(a) Programs. Continue reading

Is the National Security Council too big? Yes, but it’s complicated

Colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee signaled strongly last week they want to be part of that debate, and that the story is a bit more complicated, since the NSC’s business extends far beyond military matters. Continue reading

Where digital services fails, lawmakers devoted to the DATA Act

But what’s ironic is how the two initiatives work closely together. Data runs so much of the design and understanding of what citizens want and how agencies can improve services. Continue reading

Senators ‘concerned’ with background check agency progress

Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) warned the Office of Personnel Management that timing and transparency are key to standing up the National Background Investigations Bureau, and OPM needs to deliver on both. Continue reading

Time is ripe to dump the DUNS, industry data group says

OMB leaders indicated at a recent DATA Coalition summit that they will conduct an alternatives analysis to the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, which the federal government uses through a contract with the company Dun & Bradstreet. Continue reading

Army puts its chief of staff ‘at the center’ of acquisition decisions

Of all the military services, the Army has been the most active in asking Congress for a partial restoration of the acquisition powers the service chiefs lost in the 1980s during the Goldwater-Nichols reforms. Continue reading

Contracting cases could be held up by Supreme Court uncertainty

The Supreme Court has two federal contracting cases on its docket, and the recent death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia could slow movement on those cases — or lock in lower court decisions in the event of a tie vote. Continue reading

Surprises in the SBA reauthorization bill

House lawmakers began the process earlier this month of reauthorizing the Small Business Administration. While much of the Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016 (H.R. 4341) is routine, several interesting provisions are worth highlighting. Continue reading

New Bill Would Require “Transparency” In Small Business Goaling

The bill would codify a policy that the SBA already says it is in the process of adopting–and one that will likely lead to a perceived drop in the government’s small business goaling achievement in Fiscal Year 2016. Continue reading

House Introduces Slew of Small-Business Contracting Bills

Here is a quick rundown of some of the more interesting contracting bills released last week: Continue reading