AMS Issues OIG Guidance For Vendors to Avoid Scams

The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has become aware of a scam involving disguised or “spoofed” email addresses. Individuals claiming to be senior DOI officials have used such addresses to solicit fraudulent Requests for Quotations (RFQs). These are fake. The fraudsters seek RFQs for electronic equipment (Apple iPhones, […]

High-speed rail is coming to the Central Valley. Residents see a new life in the fast lane

FRESNO, Calif. —  The piling rig was in position, ready to drive a concrete pillar 40 feet into the ground. Just beyond the rig on this winter afternoon, trucks and cars continued streaming down State Road 198 in Hanford, separated from the construction site by white dividers. Then, the pile-driving began. Foot by foot, the rig’s […]

CMMC 2.0 and You: A Look at the Department of Defense’s Proposed New Cybersecurity Rules

In 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the development of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Program, which was then implemented in 2020 as an interim rule. We blogged about that way back in 2020. This program was designed to give a certification to contractors based on the depth and effectiveness of their cybersecurity […]

Why File: A Size Protest

We at SmallGovCon are excited to announce this first in a new line of blogs we call Why File. Our firm handles a wide variety of federal procurement and contract litigation matters–from SBA size and status protests to contract claims and appeals, and everything in between. One of the most common and important questions we […]

California launches site to track $180B in infrastructure investment

California launched a new state website this week to track $180 billion in infrastructure projects over the next 10 years, according to the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom. tracks projects that have benefited from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and includes fast-tracked jobs aimed at building a 100% clean electric grid, boosting the state’s […]

8 ways to build your brand

Contractors often downplay marketing efforts and instead rely on word-of-mouth connections, but a few simple steps can help find new clients, says a construction branding expert. Your potential clients are inundated with choices, so if your brand lacks a distinctive story, you’ll struggle to stand out. A brand story goes beyond the basics of what […]

US to award $6.1 billion to Las Vegas, California high-speed rail projects

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation Department is awarding $3 billion for a $12 billion Las Vegas to Southern California high-speed rail project and $3.07 billion to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles. The Las Vegas to Los Angeles project aims to finish before the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, while the California high-speed […]

“Extremely Difficult” for Franchises to Obtain VOSB & SDVOSB Certifications, Says SBA OHA

Franchising is a very popular way to own a business: a Census Bureau report indicates that nearly half a million American businesses are franchises. But when it comes to obtaining veteran-owned small business and service-disabled veteran-owned small business certifications, the SBA’s message to franchises is the same one Mr. McGee delivered to Prince: “we don’t like your kind.” […]

Army Corps, elected officials agree to expedite new Pajaro River levee construction

WATSONVILLE — Construction of a new levee will begin on the Pajaro River next summer. This was made official with the signing of a Project Partnership Agreement between local elected officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday. Local, state and federal representatives gathered in the Community Room at the Watsonville Civic Plaza to […]