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Senators Ready “Procurement Fraud Prevention Act”

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) has announced he will introduce a bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) called the Procurement Fraud Prevention Act, with the aim of preventing small businesses from being defrauded when they register to bid for federal contracts. The bill “would require small businesses to be notified that free assistance is available for help in procuring government contracts through federal programs,” such as the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), the Small Business Administration (SBA) programs. The senators hope to prevent small businesses from falling victim to scam contract assistance programs.

Small Business Group Sues DoD over Access to Internal Documents

The American Small Business League (ASBL) is taking the Department of Defense (DoD) to court, arguing it should have access to internal documents related to the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program, which is intended to assess whether “comprehensive subcontracting plans on a corporate, division or plant-wide basis [instead of for individual contracts] would lead to increased opportunities for small businesses.” The ASBL claims “the program covers up ways in which large contractors hog work intended for eligible small businesses,” according to GovExec.

OMB Guidance Continues Ideas from Past Administration

FCW looks at the memo from Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, providing guidance to agencies on how they should spend their budgets now that the hiring freeze has been lifted. The article notes that many of the directives seem to be continuing the policies of the past administration, including emphasizing shared services and consolidating acquisition into larger contracts. In an email to FCW, former Chief Information Officer Tony Scott said the guidance, “seems to pick up on many of the same themes as we worked on earlier, especially around greater use of shared services, and modernizing legacy systems and processes.”

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