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1 SMALL-BUSINESS
PROGRAM DECLARED
UNCONSTITUTIONAL.


The U.S. Appeals Court
for the Federal Circuit ruled
that the Defense Department's
small, disadvantaged business
contracting rule was unconstitutional.
The jury is still out on
whether the ruling spells trouble
for other small-business
programs. This was one of
three recent decisions that
have unsettled the smallbusiness
community.

2 OBAMA WILL CUT
OUTSOURCING.


President-elect
Barack Obama's
rhetoric at times sounds like he
wants to cut contracting jobs,
yet at other times he talks
about smart contracting with
better management and more
oversight. Time will tell how
strong the legs are for the
campaign promise to curb
contracting. The pledge to cut
outsourcing came in campaign
letters to the American
Federation of Government
Employees.

3 OBAMA SINGLES
OUT TSA CONTRACT
TO LOCKHEED
MARTIN.


In a campaign
letter to the American
Federation of Government
Employees union, President-elect
Barack Obama scolded the
Transportation Security
Administration for awarding a
$1.2 billion human resources
support contract to Lockheed
Martin Corp. Obama pledged
that under his administration,
government workers would have
the chance to compete to keep
their jobs. Lockheed countered
that HR support has always
been done by TSA's contractors.

4 BOLLINGER
CHALLENGES
NORTHROP IN
LAWSUIT.


A dispute
between a subcontractor and
prime contractor has landed in
court. Bollinger Shipyards wants $12 million to settle claims
related to the remaking of the
Deepwater cutters that were
rejected by the Coast Guard.
Bollinger was a subcontractor to
Northrop Grumman Corp. and
was hired to extend cutters
from 110 feet to 123 feet. The
Coast Guard asked for a refund.

5 BEARINGPOINT
WEIGHS RESTRUCTURING
OPTIONS.


Financial problems
continue to bog down
BearingPoint Inc. Its plan to sell
some or all of its businesses
proved unsuccessful because of
the current credit crisis. The
company is now trying to renegotiate
its debt. The McLean,
Va., company faces a deadline of
April 15, 2009. On that date,
creditors can demand payment
of $200 million, plus interest.

6 SUN TO LAY OFF AS
MANY AS 6,000
MORE EMPLOYEES.


Sun Microsystems Inc.
announced that it will lay off
5,000 to 6,000 workers, or
15 percent to 18 percent of its
workforce. The company said it
wants to cut inefficiencies in the
face of a new economic reality.

7 SOLICITATION COMING
FOR DHS SYSTEMS
ENGINEERING
R&D CENTER.


The
Homeland Security Department
is planning a $455 million contract
to build and operate a
research and development center
for systems engineering
and development. The
Homeland Security Systems
Engineering and Development
Institute would help DHS identify
and implement best practices
for technical systems
engineering and acquisitions.

8 CONTRACTOR
WATCHDOG
UPDATES MISCONDUCT
DATABASE.


The Project on Government
Oversight (POGO) updated its database of alleged contractor
misconduct. The POGO database
is controversial among
contractors because it includes
instances in which violations
are alleged and settlement
terms are agreed upon without
an admission of wrongdoing.
POGO officials say such information
ought to be included
and made public to show
whether a contractor has a pattern
of settling allegations of
violations.

9 GAO RULING GIVES
HUBZONE SMALL
BUSINESSES A
BOOST.


The word
"shall" made all the difference
for the Government Accountability
Office when it decided
that the Historically Underutilized
Business Zone
(HUBZone) program gets preference
above all other small-business
programs. The Federal
Acquisition Regulation uses the
word "shall" in referring to the
HUBZone program and "may"
in referring to other programs.

10 INDUSTRY
GAINS SEEN
IN OBAMA'S
TECH PLANS.


Based on statements he made
during the presidential campaign,
President-elect Barack
Obama's technology plans
could be relatively beneficial
for U.S. information technology
companies, according to a
Standard & Poor's survey.
Obama vowed to ensure an
open Internet, encourage
a modern communications
infrastructure, improve competitiveness,
and use science
and technology to solve
problems.

These stories received the most
traffic on Washington Technology's
Web site in November. For more
daily news coverage, go to
www.washingtontechnology.com.

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