Category: Posts by Gloria

Government Contracting in a Crisis

All 50 states have now declared individual state emergencies and joined the President’s national emergency declaration of March 13, 2020. Government contracting in a crisis is not contracting as usual. The federal government continues actively contracting, although new channels and processes have opened to expedite procurement of goods and services to not just address the... Read More

Sweeping Changes in Federal HUBZone Rules Continue in 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced that beginning in January 2020, the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program continued to adapt to the changing federal contracting market making the program more attractive to small businesses and encouraging them to invest in HUBZone communities and hire HUBZone residents. The January changes included permitting Governors... Read More

Critical Federal Contracting Information Websites Updates Delayed

Contractors using the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) to analyze awarded contacts data have discovered that the March 16 scheduled transition of the ad-hoc (or individually created) reporting function to has been delayed until at least May 2020. This delay compounds the challenges experienced by the earlier rocky transition of FebBizOpps (FBO), the legacy... Read More

Former GSA Contract Officer Pleads Guilty in $12,000 Bribery Scheme

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that former federal government contract officer Ronnie Simpkins, 67, plead guilty to accepting bribes from a company to file documentation allowing the company to maintain its GSA Schedule contract even though the company did not meet minimum requirements. Simpkins, of Lusby Md., worked at the General Services Administration (GSA)... Read More