Despite bid-rigging and kick-backs, firm reincarnates itself to receive contracts in both NC and SC

A newly formed highway construction company has landed more than $27 million in new government projects across the Carolinas despite its deep ties to a discredited North Carolina paving firm barred from bidding on state contracts.

NCDOTAn Associated Press review shows Lynches River Contracting sprang into existence after Carl “Drew” Boggs pleaded guilty in August 2014 in a bid-rigging and kickback scheme involving $88 million in highway projects for his company, Boggs Paving. By court orders, Boggs Paving is barred from bidding on contracts as are its affiliates, companies with interlocking management, and those with a “common use of employees.”

Nevertheless, Boggs’ brother — and a co-owner of the barred company — David “Chris” Boggs signed paperwork last September creating Lynches River at the address of an existing Boggs Paving affiliate. He then turned ownership over to two trusts the brothers established to benefit their children. The new company also named Boggs Paving managers as its president and vice president.

SCDOTThe setup means Boggs Paving “can essentially continue to generate economic wealth for their families, which indirectly benefits the debarred wrongdoers,” South Carolina Inspector General Patrick Maley wrote in a report Thursday. Maley said the situation raised serious concerns but appeared to be legal, and he recommended new regulations to prevent similar situations in the future.

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GSA, 18F award first set of contracts to 16 companies for ‘agile’ development services

The General Services Administration has announced that 16 companies were selected to sell so-called ‘agile’ software development services to federal agencies through a governmentwide contract – the first of three sets of contracts to be awarded.

‘Agile’ is an approach that federal agencies are increasingly using to develop software in increments, typically in a few weeks to a few months, rather than wait two to three years until such a project is delivered.

18F at GSAThe department’s in-house consulting firm, called 18F, pushed for the blanket purchase agreement. In an Aug. 28 blog post, members wrote that there was “explosive” demand for their services to build products for agencies through the agile process.

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Toccoa woman is latest ‘Face of Manufacturing’

Ashley Jordan is a young woman out of Toccoa, GA, whose father founded Meadowbrook Machine & Tool (MMT).  Growing up she had no interest in joining the family business and instead dreamed of a day that she could teach elementary school.

Faces of Manufacturing in GeorgiaAfter graduating college a semester early, she joined MMT with the intent of working there until the start of the school year.  Instead, she quickly found an interest in the company, the products they were making, and their customers. She then went to North Georgia Technical College, earned her machining degree, and is now planning a career in manufacturing.

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Be sure to view her video as she talks about getting fired by her father from their family business, her experience in trade school, and what she hopes to do with her future in manufacturing:

The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) is taking nominations for future “Faces of Manufacturing” in Georgia.  Please nominate someone you know or forward the nomination form to HR managers, plant managers, and owners/CEOs of manufacturing companies and ask them to nominate their staff for this award.  The nomination form is at:   Recipients of earlier Faces of Manufacturing have earned local, state, and national recognition for their companies, cities/towns, and counties.


Contractors and former civilian employee sentenced in bribery scheme at Albany Marine Corps base

A former civilian employee and a former contractor of the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, Georgia, as well as one outside contractor were sentenced on Thursday, September 10, 2015 to prison terms for bribery and fraud arising from their handling of military trucking contracts and theft of surplus military equipment.

Justice Dept. sealAssistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore of the Middle District of Georgia made the announcement.

Christopher Whitman, 48, of Sylvester, Georgia, co-owner of United Logistics, an Albany-based trucking company and freight transportation broker, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his conviction of 43 counts of honest services wire fraud, five counts of bribery, five counts of obstructing justice and one count of theft of government property.  Shawn McCarty, 36, of Albany, Georgia, a former employee at the MCLB-Albany, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction of 15 counts of honest services wire fraud, one count of bribery and one count of obstructing justice.  Bradford Newell, 43, of Sylvester, a former contractor at the MCLB-Albany, was sentenced to five years in prison for his conviction of 13 counts of honest services wire fraud, one count of bribery, and one count of theft of government property.  All three were found guilty by a jury in the Middle District of Georgia on March 3, 2015, following a five-week trial.

In addition to imposing the prison terms, the court ordered each defendant to forfeit assets reflecting losses to the government attributable to the bribery and fraud schemes.  Whitman was ordered to forfeit $18,860,313.75; McCarty was ordered to forfeit $15,410,151.55; and Newell was ordered to forfeit $513,600.  Whitman was specifically ordered to surrender assets derived from the schemes, including more than 100 parcels of real property, several boats and vehicles, and rental income estimated to be worth more than $14 million.

DLAAccording to the evidence presented at trial, between 2008 and 2012, Whitman paid more than $800,000 in bribes to three former officials of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at the MCLB-Albany, including McCarty, to obtain commercial trucking contracts from the base.  The evidence showed that contracts included unnecessary costly provisions, such as expedited service, expensive trailers and exclusive use (i.e., a requirement that freight be shipped separately from other equipment).  Evidence presented at trial and in a post-trial forfeiture hearing established that Whitman’s company grossed more than $37 million, and resulted in government losses and an improper benefit to Whitman of more than $20 million.

The evidence further demonstrated that Whitman paid nearly $200,000 in bribes to Newell and the former inventory control manager of the Distribution Management Center at MCLB-Albany, both of whom used their official positions to help Whitman steal from the base more than $1 million in surplus military equipment, including bulldozers, cranes and front-end loaders.  According to the trial evidence, in exchange for the bribe payments, Newell and the inventory control manager removed the surplus items from Marine Corps inventory and arranged to have them transported off the base by Whitman’s company.  The evidence showed that, after having the equipment refurbished, Whitman sold it to private purchasers.

Five other individuals have pleaded guilty to their roles in the corruption and fraud schemes.  In October 2013, Kelli Durham, the former manager of Whitman’s company, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, admitting to intentionally overbilling the United States for services the company did not perform, resulting in losses ranging from $7 million to $20 million.  In May 2013, Mitchell Potts and Jeffrey Philpot pleaded guilty to bribery for collectively accepting more than $700,000 in bribes from Whitman.  In February 2013, Shelby Janes pleaded guilty to bribery for receiving nearly $100,000 in bribes from Whitman.  These defendants have not yet been sentenced.  In February 2014, C.W. Smith, a Whitman associate who helped arrange the sale of the surplus military equipment Whitman stole from the base, pleaded guilty to theft of government property.

NCISThe case was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, with assistance from the Dougherty County, Georgia, District Attorney’s Office; Defense Criminal Investigative Service; DLA Office of the Inspector General; and the Department of Labor Office of the Inspector General.  The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Chief J.P. Cooney and Trial Attorney Richard B. Evans of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Alan Dasher of the Middle District of Georgia.  The forfeiture is being handled by Assistant Deputy Chief Darrin McCullough of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Georgia.


New rule allows sole source awards to women-owned small businesses

The Small Business Administration (SBA) published a rule today (Sept. 14, 2015) allowing sole source awards to Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) or Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs) in appropriate circumstances.

SBA logo smallThe new rule changes existing SBA regulations in order to conform to section 825 of the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The rule is effective October 14, 2015.  The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) will need to be amended to include the sole source authority so that there is no conflict between the SBA’s rules and the FAR.

The sole source authority can only be used where a contracting officer (CO) conducts market research in an industry where a WOSB or EDWOSB set-aside is authorized, and the CO cannot identify two or more WOSBs or EDWOSBs that can perform at a fair and reasonable price, but identifies one WOSB or EDWOSB that can perform. In addition, the sole source authority for WOSBs and EDWOSBs is limited to contracts valued at $6.5 million or less for manufacturing contracts and $4 million or less for all other contracts.

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Energy IG: Solyndra knowingly ripped-off government

There’s plenty of blame to go around in the green-energy debacle of Solyndra, but the blame begins with the executives of the solar-panel company itself.

Energy Dept.That’s a big takeaway from the Energy Department inspector general’s new report on Solyndra, a company once highly touted by the White House that collapsed in 2011 after getting a $535 million federal loan two years earlier.

The IG’s report finds that executives with the California company, ahead of winning the loan, repeatedly gave the Energy Department, the credit-rating agency Fitch, and outside analysts bad, overly rosy information about its sales contracts.

“Our investigation confirmed that during the loan guarantee application process and while drawing down loan proceeds, Solyndra provided the Department with statements, assertions, and certifications that were inaccurate and misleading, misrepresented known facts, and, in some instances, omitted information that was highly relevant to key decisions in the process to award and execute the $535 million loan guarantee,” the report states.

“In our view, the investigative record suggests that the actions of certain Solyndra officials were, at best, reckless and irresponsible or, at worst, an orchestrated effort to knowingly and intentionally deceive and mislead the Department,” it adds.

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Annual university procurement expo to be held on Oct. 23 in Morrow

The University System of Georgia (USG) Procurement Expo is celebrating its ninth annual event on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015!

Clayton State UniversityThe 2015 USG Procurement Expo will be hosted by Clayton State University.  The event will be held in the Student Activities Center at Clayton State University located at 2000 Clayton State Boulevard, Morrow, GA.

The Expo encourages attendance by small, minority, and women-owned business enterprises; however, all suppliers are welcome.  Major purposes of the Expo are providing access to state university buyers by small businesses and teaching potential suppliers how to do business with the institutions associated with the University System of Georgia.

To register, please click here.  The registration fee is $40, including lunch, by Oct. 2.

The schedule outline for the day is:

  • 9:00AM Registration – Student Activities Center
  • 10:00AM Concurrent Sessions on Doing Business with the USG

* Construction Projects

* General Procurement and Information Technology

  • 11:30AM Luncheon Program

* Keynote Speaker:Regent Sachin Shailendra, President, SG Contracting

  • 1:15PM Exhibits Open

A more detailed agenda can be downloaded here: 2015 USG Expo Agenda

The Expo brochure can be downloaded here: 2015 USG Procurement Expo Brochure

Latest executive order will require sick leave for contractors

In another in his stream of executive moves that don’t require congressional approval, President Obama used Labor Day and the ongoing presidential campaign to highlight his signing of an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven days sick leave for employees.

White House seal“We’ve seen that many companies, including small businesses, support these policies, because they understand it’s helpful with recruitment and retention,” Obama told a union crowd in Boston on Monday. Back in January’s State of the Union address, he had stated that, “We are the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. And that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home.”

The order, which would affect some 300,000 workers full- and part-time, would credit one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to seven days annually. The time could be used to care for one’s self, a family member or domestic partner, including victims of domestic violence.

Because the order must still go through public comment, it won’t take effect until 2017 under new contracts, according to a White House fact sheet.

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Ft. Gordon to hold semi-annual cyber security and technology day on October 21

Fort Gordon has announced it will be holding its semi-annual Cyber Security and Technology Day on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

The event will be held between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at Ft. Gordon’s conference and catering facility located on 19th St., Fort Gordon, GA 30905.

This is an opportunity for the organizations and units structured under the United States Army Cyber Command, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence (Cyber CoE), and 7th Signal Command (Theater) along with other tenant units to see the latest in emerging technologies, network with industry experts, and share ideas and future goals.

Attendees can view live demonstrations and presentations from a variety of companies. Technologies on display include:

  • Cyber Security
  • Cloud Computing
  • Military Booster Amplifiers
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Zero Clients
  • Rugged Tablets
  • Virtualization
  • Network Forensics
  • Data Management and Protection
  • Copper and Fiber Cable and Connectivity Products
  • Satellite Communications
  • Tactical Communications Systems
  • Intelligence Workflows and Software
  • Field Deployable Power Supplies
  • Signal and Network Analyzers
  • Advanced Networking and Communications Solutions
  • Touch-Screen Oscilloscopes
  • Many More!

Pre-registration can be accomplished at:

Details on speaking opportunities are at:


Robins Air Force Base to hold technology forum and expo on Oct. 20

The Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) A6, 78th Air Base Wing and the 78th Communication Directorate would like to invite vendors and other interested parties to participate in a technology forum and exposition on October 20, 2015 at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA on Tuesday, Oct. 20. 2015.

There is no cost to attend the sessions or the technology expo, however Forum registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis with a capacity of 400 participants.

In addition to the seminars, vendors will be demonstrating their latest products and services during a full day Technology Expo featuring innovative solutions in the areas of Risk Management, Network Architecture and Design, Certification and Accreditation and many more.

Registration details are at:

Are you interested in a speaking opportunity? Please visit the speaking opportunities page to submit an abstract.