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We at VAO are focused on bringing you acquisition news surrounding this pandemic and how it will impact your current contracts and future acquisitions.


Our Emergency Contracting Toolkit has news, rules changes, resource centers, and much more to help answer questions and provide guidance during this time.




Swift Action Could Stop “Pervasive” Pandemic-Related Fraud

Swift management action could help prevent further loss of coronavirus/COVID-19 relief funds to fraudsters, according to a recent alert from the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Inspector General (OIG). SBA OIG identified “serious concerns” with the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grant program: It found that SBA …… » Read more


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Legislation Targeting VOSB Pass-Throughs Moves in Senate

On Wednesday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved a bipartisan bill aimed at strengthening the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) oversight of set-aside contracts awarded to veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled VOSBs (SDVOSBs) through better detection of improper pass-throughs. Read …… » Read more

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1,500 FBI Employees Will Move Out of the Beltway

While plans for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters (HQ) in downtown Washington, DC remain uncertain and unfunded, a second HQ project is moving forward and sending staff out of the area, The Washington Post reports. FBI will relocate 1,500 of its HQ staff next year to the $1.1 billion Redstone Arsenal complex in …… » Read more

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Commentary: 3 Reasons E-Marketplaces Work

E-marketplaces are proving their worth during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, according to a former deputy administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in a commentary for Nextgov. Robert Burton — currently a partner at law firm Crowell & Moring LLP — highlighted several benefits of e-marketplace …… » Read more

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