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Stories continue to emerge suggesting more shaky contracting practices at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Earlier this week when an inspector publicly faulted FEMA's handling of two contracts for procuring tarpaulins and plastic sheeting to aid victims of Hurricane Maria's 2017 devastation of Puerto Rico. In hurrying to award the supply work to the Bronze Star LLC company, procurement staff used Google rather than the verified firms on FEMA's Disaster Response Registry, said the May 7 report from the Homeland Security Department inspector general, which the agency challenged.  Read More



President Donald Trump intends to nominate Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to serve as Pentagon chief on a full-time basis, The New York Times reported Thursday. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, announced the president's intention in by tweet posted this week.  Read More



The Government Accountability Office reports that they were unable to track spending across the four agencies that provided disaster relief over the last several years following the triple hurricanes and California wildfires due to improper record-keeping of contracts. A GAO's report examined 23 sample contracts during the disaster recovery efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coast Guard and the Defense Logistics Agency. Its conclusion: the full extent of contracting related to the 2017 disasters is unknown due to Homeland Security Department's irregular schedule for closing contracts and inconsistent use of standard contracting codes.  Read More



The complexity of federal procurements and advancing technology, often mean that small businesses often and the forefront of development with agile skill-sets are best positioned to handle some jobs. However, small business is often unable to compete for contracts they might be best suited for--aside from daunting process--once a contract might be awarded, smaller firms do not have the resources of larger businesses to sustain operations while awaiting payment.  Read More



Unattributed contractor costs shuffled from one DoD department to another allowed as much as $22 million in unwarranted payments to company executives, the Pentagon's inspector general found. The Defense Contract Management Agency, last month, declined to apply some recommendations from the Defense Contract Audit Agency that certain payments be disallowed.  Read More



President Trump recently announced his intention to nominate Jovita Carranza, currently the Treasurer of the United States, to run the Small Business Administration. "I am pleased to announce that Jovita Carranza will be nominated as the new @SBAgov Administrator," Trump wrote via Twitter. "She will be replacing Linda McMahon, who has done an outstanding job. Jovita was a great Treasurer of the United States -- and I look forward to her joining my Cabinet!"  Read More



The General Services Administration ("GSA") must reconsider its 81 contract awards under an IT services procurement worth $15 billion, the Court of Federal Claims ("COFC") said. The agency is enjoined from proceeding with its current awardee list and must re-evaluate proposals in a manner that redresses its errors, the court said.  Read More



A retired Army colonel entered a guilty plea in late March to accepting bribes while stationed at Ft. Gordon in Georgia from a company that falsely claimed to qualify as a disadvantaged small business. Anthony Williams, 58, according to a March 21 Justice Department release, agreed to forfeit $1.2 million in illicit proceeds. Williams now faces up to 5 years in prison for his part in the conspiracy.  Read More



As House and Senate negotiators worked to reach a deal to avert another partial government shutdown, many proposed packages included provisions to ensure back pay for contractor employees -- however legislators were unable to reach such an agreement. The proposed bills would cover low-income employees . For examples those who work at agencies as security guards, cafeteria workers and janitors as well as some medium-income employees of contracting firms who provide agencies with supplies and services.  Read More



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