Short Takes Week Ended February 27, 2015, Is Bob Changing the VA or is VA Changing Bob?, VetBiz Guidebook, A VA Construction Contracting Reality, 2013 ‘Rent-a-Vet’ Fraud Sentencing of B&J Multi-Services Corp.
Air Force Restores Eligibility to Controversial Contractor The Air Force on Friday quietly ended its three-week suspension of the reverse-auction company FedBid, the contractor announced, removing a threat that the Vienna, Va., firm would face suspension and debarment. On Jan. 29, the Air Force had moved to place FedBid on the Excluded Parties List System […] Read on »
My Opinion by Hardy Stone – As veterans, most of us have qualified, or at least tried to qualify, for our Marksman, Sharpshooter or Expert rifle badges. We fired rounds and checked our scores. We earned our qualifications based on those scores. As a former large company CEO, we would expect Secretary McDonald to emphasize outcomes […] Read on »
Navigating the certification process can be very, very difficult. Many veterans have tossed in the towel and decided to skip VA verification and not qualify for VA contract opportunities. Though self-certification often opens up the gates to fraud, self-certification with the Small Business Administration (SBA) is just easier and much faster. On July 31 2013, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced HR 2882. […] Read on »
Editorial by Richard Johnson Where does the VA get its Contracting Officers, Contracting Specialists, or Contracting Officers’ Technical Representatives? Seemingly, to make such a claim, someone holding one of these titles would have a contracting license, years of experience, or at a minimum be able to distinguish a wrench from a hammer. Contracting personnel within the […] Read on »
In November 2009, investigations conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) began after the discovery of rampant fraud in the SDVOSB program. To examine the extent of “fraud” in the SDVOSB set-aside program, ten companies were selected at random by GAO from the Central Contracting Registry (CCR) database, a requirement for all companies that seek to do business with […] Read on »
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