Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Trends in agencies across the federal government demonstrates a willingness to get tough on unethical and misbehaving contractors. An increase in efforts from agencies, as previously recommended by the Government Accountability Office, seem to have paid off according to a recent report showing more suspension and debarment activity. Suspensions and debarments government-wide have increased from 1,836 in fiscal 2009 to 4,812 in fiscal 2013, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.
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Thursday, August 28th, 2014
The General Services Administration has decided not to suspend the adding of new vendors to its professional services schedule, despite recent reports that such action were being considered.
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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
A former contract employee at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison, the Justice Department reported this week.
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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
A recently released report shows government agencies continue to award contracts to major corporations that were intended to go to small businesses. The Small Business Administration has responded by questioning the accuracy of the information.
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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking requiring some federal contractors that meet certain thresholds to submit an annual Equal Pay Report on employee compensation.
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Thursday, July 31st, 2014
President Obama has signed another executive order requiring all prospective federal contractors to disclose any labor law violations. The information would then given to agencies to consider before awarding contracts.
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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Nearly 100 protestors gathered in front of Washington's Union Station to demand that President Obama sign the proposed "Good Jobs" executive order which would raise the hourly pay of low-wage government contract workers again, and permit collective bargaining.
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Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Since President Obama the signing of an executive order earlier in the week that will prohibit employment discrimination against LGBT workers by federal contractors, there has been much discussion of the order. Not much mention has been made of what forthcoming regulations will have on contractor's employment and hiring practices.
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Friday, July 25th, 2014
In a provision currently proposed for attachment to the new federal appropriations bill by members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus contractors could face debarment for even the mildest violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Caucus has also urged the president to consider further executive actions to bolster protections for workers employed by contractors.
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Thursday, July 24th, 2014
The Department of Justice has decided to join in a whistleblower lawsuit against computer security company, Symantec Corp., which alleges Symantec "knowingly" submitted false claims on a General Services Administration software contract that involved hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Monday, July 21st, 2014
President Obama signed two executive orders to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender federal contractors and employees from workplace discrimination, earlier today.
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Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Despite legislative action aimed at assisting small businesses in the federal contracting arena, The Washington Post recently opined that the failure to implement any changes in the process only highlights increasing complications and inefficiencies.
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Saturday, July 12th, 2014
The White House has recruited some of the nation's largest companies - 26 in total - to commit to pay their small-business contractors faster modeling on the QuickPay initiative.
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Friday, July 11th, 2014
The Obama Administration is hoping that a series of new "hallways" under development will lead to more strategic sourcing opportunities. The General Services Administration and the Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council (SSLC) plan to launch the first "hallway" for information technology this fall.
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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Despite pressure from some of the nation's leading business lobbies, House lawmakers approved legislation that would take government contracts away from firms that have committed wage theft.
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Saturday, July 5th, 2014
The Homeland Security Department has hired USIS to perform immigration services although that company is currently being sued by the DOJ for awarding bonuses to executives who are accused of delivering incomplete security clearance background checks to the government.
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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
GSA officials met with contractors awarded OASIS contract vehicles at a kick-off seminar to provide initial training. The training moved forward as protests against the contracting vehicle have been resolved.
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Sunday, June 29th, 2014
According to a recent LA Times article two Southern California contractors were sentenced to prison terms after entering a guilty plea in connection to bribing federal employees in order to win millions of dollars worth of contracts.
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