TargetGov Newsletter- Volume 7, Issue 8

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New Training Opportunities

Join us May 6th from 8:30 to 4:00 for an all new class on Capability Statements
A Capability Statement is one of the most important documents your company can have for government contracting. How do you make sure you have a complete document that has everything officials are looking for and sets you apart from your competition? Attend the all new one day capability statement class with the Government Contracting Institute and you'll walk away with a complete Capability Statement for your company. The Writing a Powerfully Effective Capability Statement class will teach you the fundamentals of Capability Statements and experts will walk you through creating your own Capability Statement during the class. Register today - seating is very limited for this class.
Preparing for Success in the Federal Construction Marketplace Webinar Featuring Jack Beecher
Tuesday, May 20, 1:00- 2:00 pm ET

Join Jack Beecher for a NEW, UPDATED and highly successful presentation of “Tips for Construction Procurement Success”. Jack Beecher, former USACE Program Manager for the SDVSB category, shares over $1 billion in upcoming small business construction opportunities as well as over $400M in SDVOSB set-asides. Learn how to better position your company to compete for and win these and other federal construction opportunities.
Speaking Engagements
Maryland Association of CPAs Roundtable: Establishing an Effective Compliance Program
Baltimore, MD
April 29

Deltek Virtual Roundtable: Social Collaboration Best Practices for Small Businesses
May 14

GovConNet Procurement Conference
Rockville, MD
May 16

Preparing for Success in the Federal Construction Marketplace Webinar Featuring Jack Beecher
May 20

13th Annual DOE's Small Business Forum and Expo
June 10-12
Tampa, FL

VETS 2014
Reno, NV
June 16-19

NCMA World Congress
Washington, DC 
July 27-30


The DoD Inspector General Tackles Fraud, Waste and Abuse

By: Gloria Larkin
Published By: The Business Monthly

The Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) recently issued its Semi-Annual Report to Congress, covering the second half of fiscal 2013. It summarizes the results of the DoD IGs actions, including the military audit and investigative agencies.

The DoD IG conducted audits, investigations, inspections and assessments that resulted in $23.5 billion in potential monetary benefits. The investigations, conducted by the Defense Criminal Investigation Service (DCIS), resulted in 111 arrests, 175 criminal charges, 147 criminal convictions, 76 suspensions, 102 debarments and $619.8 million in funds returned to the federal government.

This is sobering reading, and government employees, military personnel and contractors are equal targets. In one case, a Navy commander at the N3 Anti-Terrorism office misrepresented the cost of a perimeter security system and circumvented competitive contracting requirements to implement the system. Additionally, the commander spent more than $1.1 million in disallowable costs and lacked oversight of and diminished legal recourse against the service provider.

As a result of this security system installation, the DoD IG identified 52 convicted felons who received routine, unauthorized installation access to that facility, placing military personnel, dependents, civilians and installations at an increased security risk (see Report No. DODIG-2013-134).
Powerful Stories of Strategic Business Leadership from the World's Top CEOs
Join the Harvard Business Review for a complementary webinar

The Harvard Business Review is hosting a "How I Did It LIVE" video webinar with Marco Bizzarri, who will share a candid account of how he built Bottega Veneta into a brand with sales exceeding one billion euro — keeping sales of luxury goods up even as the global economy collapsed. Harvard Business Review's Adi Ignatius will lead a discussion about the strategic challenges the company faced and overcame, and the ideas that can help other leaders with crucial decisions. The webinar will be held on May 9th at 9:00 am ET.

The GovConNet Procurement Conference attracts 800+ businesses ready to do business with federal, state & local governments, prime contractors and each other. The Conference will take place Friday, May 16, 2014 from 7:30am - 3:00pm at the Universities at Shady Grove. The event features Breakout sessions, "Business Coaches – Speed Mentoring", Matchmaking and an Expo.

For more information and to register - click here.
Individual and Organizational Leadership Training

UMBC Training Centers now offers courses to strengthen your own leadership skills or that of your organization. Their course offerings include Organizational Leadership training - August 4 - 8 and Individual Leadership training June 9 - 13. Take advantage of TargetGov's Partnership with UMBC Training Centers and receive a 10% discount on classes with code TargetGov

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