October 10, 2014
Remember one of the classic lines from the movie Casablanca in which a customer at Rick’s Place observes the gambling and asks, “Are you sure this place is honest?” And Carl answers, “Honest as the day is long.” Well, that pretty much sums up the relationship between FedBid and certain Veterans Affairs (VA) officials. The Inspector General (IG) found that Susan Taylor, Deputy Chief Procurement Officer at the VA, pressured VA contracting staff to use the reverse auction services of FedBid. In fact, the IG found Ms. Taylor also improperly disclosed non-public VA information to unauthorized persons, misused her position for private gain, and made false statements to the Department of Justice. The report reads like a bestselling novel. There is intrigue, paramours (the term used in the report), wine, obstruction of justice, and even a tree service (but no hot tubs that I am aware of). Read all about how FedBid managed to get an exclusive with the VA for all their reverse auctions here.
And in the category of “not even vaguely shocking”, federal procurement data shows that large companies last year received millions of dollars in contracts intended for small and disadvantaged businesses. The data was obtained last week by the American Small Business League, which fought a multi-year court battle to obtain the information from the Small Business Administration (SBA).
The group, based in Petaluma, California, is run by software entrepreneur, Lloyd Chapman. It has accused the SBA turning a blind eye to large businesses that misrepresent themselves as small businesses to win government contracts.
Last week the league obtained from SBA an Excel file containing nearly 107,000 entries of vendors that received $83 billion in small business contracts in fiscal 2013. The list includes Chevron U.S.A. Inc. ($8.5 million); Lockheed Martin Management Systems Designers, Inc. ($47 million); Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. ($455,636); Raytheon BBN Technology Corp. ($5 million); Raytheon Company ($418,766); and General Dynamics C4 Systems ($947,203). Read the full story here.
Unfortunately for you salivating Business Development people, the list only contains the “who” and the “how much.” There is no contact information on the list. Lloyd Chapman, if you are reading this, we’d like those points of contacts!
That’s all the news for now. Feel free to reach out to me with any comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org