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Although the temperatures outside may be dropping, things are heating up in the contracting world. Now one month into the 2018 federal fiscal year, agencies have new budgets and there is a lot money to be spent. We will keep a close eye on awards, regulation changes, and related issues to federal contracting all year long, right here on SmallGovCon.

Let’s get the weekend started off by recapping the latest federal contracting news. In this edition of SmallGovCon Week In Review, we look at the potential for a DUNS replacement, a three-year prison sentence for accepting kickbacks in exchange for contracts, awards for GSA’s $5 billion VETS 2 IT services vehicle, and much more.

  • Defense contractors have two months to comply with one of the most complicated Pentagon regulations to hit their desks in years. [Bloomberg Government]
  • The General Services Administration is considering a potential replacement to DUNS, and has asked for feedback. [FCW]
  • GSA announced awards to 70 SDVOSBs under its Veterans Technology Services 2 (VETS 2) Government-wide Acquisition Contract. [GSA; Washington Technology]
  • GSA also released three requests for information under its Federal Acquisition Service. [Federal News Radio]
  • Ongoing efforts to modernize federal IT are starting to bear fruit, but several questions remain. [fedscoop]
  • Will a plan to charge $350 for each protest filing stop frivolous protests? [Federal News Radio]
  • South Carolina contractor sentenced to two years in prison after unlawfully obtaining more than 100 contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. [The State]
  • More bad behavior: a former employee at the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point was sentenced to three years in prison after receiving over $150,000 in kickbacks . [Newsday]
  • Still more trouble: an FDA supervisor and contractor have been charged with bribery and conspiracy relating to a kickback scheme dating nearly six years. [United States Department of Justice]

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