USDA Warns Food Purchase Programs Vendors of Fraudulent Phishing and Spoofed Emails Imitating Bidding Processes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is warning vendors who wish to participate in USDA food purchase programs of a possible phishing scheme using fraudulent email messages. The fake emails look like they are solicitations for bids sent by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which manages USDA’s food purchase programs. The threat actors have been […]

Construction Drones for DOTs

State departments of transportation use drones for construction-related tasks and face challenges related to new allowable drone manufacturers. By far the most common construction use is for road construction, particularly road widening, repair, and rerouting, as some states are tackling entirely new roads right now for both budget and capacity reasons. Drone tasks also include […]

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. Build.ca.gov 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 […]