GSA Taking Another Step Towards Fully Electronic Contracting

By Carol L. O’Riordan This is the fifth blog post in our series about new federal regulatory initiatives that are on tap for the first half of 2014. The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a proposed rule to amend the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to require electronic submission of modifications under Federal […]

New Rule Will Enhance Small Business Set-Asides

By Carol L. O’Riordan This is the fourth blog post in our series about new federal regulatory initiatives that are on tap for the first half of 2014. On November 2, 2011, the Defense Department, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration issued an interim rule, amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation […]

Lessons to Be Learned From Avon’s FCPA Experience

Avon Products Inc. announced recently that it could face penalties from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The beauty products company faces an ongoing government investigation of its alleged payment of bribes in China and other countries that it paid […]

Lessons to Learn From Still-Unfolding Navy Contract Scandal

By Carol L. O’Riordan In late January, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced that his Oversight and Government Reform Committee has opened an investigation into a still-unfolding U.S. Navy contracting scandal involving allegations involving sex and bribery. The scandal centers upon Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a Singapore-based firm that resupplied and serviced Navy vessels throughout Asia. […]

SBA Plans Major Changes in HUBZone Program

By Pamela J. Bethel This is the third blog post in our series about new federal regulatory initiatives that are on tap for the  first half of 2014. Last May, in an action that was somewhat embarrassing to the Small Business Administration, that agency made a decision to strip D.C.-based Strong Castle Inc. of its […]