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Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Recent regulatory initiatives we have reported on this year are driving up compliance demands on federal contractors. Some experts say a 25% increase in compliance costs are to be expected. The new changes require contractors to track and report a comprehensive list of labor and employment law violations, would disallow larger existing contractors from requiring pre-dispute arbitration agreements of certain claims, and requires contractor's employees are provided with additional information on overtime and hours worked in paychecks.
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Thursday, November 13th, 2014
A rule to that will require federal contactors handling personally identifiable information to train their employees in safeguarding that information will be issued in the near future.
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Saturday, November 8th, 2014
At a post-election gathering held last week, Tom Davis, a former Virginia GOP congressman said the new Republican-controlled Congress will be more "pro-contracting."
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Friday, October 31st, 2014
Among the legislation slated to be introduced before Congress, is a bill that would require federal agencies to give preference to federal government contractors who have demonstrated good labor practices.
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Friday, October 17th, 2014
The Center for Strategic and International Studies released a new study that says sequestration reduced the Defense Department's overall spending by $56 billion between 2012 and 2013. The CSIS study also found that the U.S. Army's spending dropped by 21 percent, the Air Force's by 22 percent and down 2 percent for the U.S. Navy. Overall, other agencies declined by 18 percent due to mandatory budget reductions.
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Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration's procurement chief, recently accused of improperly favoring a private contractor put in her notice to Veterans Affairs Department that she will be retiring immediately.
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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Many predict that the upcoming mid-term elections will result in a shift in control in the Senate. The Washington Times forecasts that such a change of control, to a Republican-controlled congress, would also mean that the Obama administration would step up the issuance of executive orders.
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Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Contacting documents show that the government procured its own spending transparency website --reacquiring USASpending as the contract to manage it was set to expire. The contractor who had won the bid to manage the site and supporting systems filed for bankruptcy last month.
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Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Federal procurement data show that large companies, including leading defense contractors, last year received millions of dollars in contracts intended for small and disadvantaged businesses. A court order released documents detailing the information gathered by the Small Business Administration.
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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Federal contractors must report the number of veterans they hire or already employ in the aggregate, rather than by specified categories, under a new "final rule" announced late last month by the Labor Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service. The changed rule also comes with a new form to replace the existing VETS form.
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Saturday, September 27th, 2014
In a recent report by the Washington Post, the Commerce Department's Inspector General delivered the news to agency workers that an outing to see a Star Trek movie did not count as valid work time and such "team building" exercises should not come at tax payer expense.
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Friday, September 26th, 2014
The use of arbitration agreements in employment agreements to waive potential class action suits has been widely used since the use of such clauses were upheld by the Supreme Court. The Obama Administration, however, has issued an Executive Order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" which will limit the use of arbitration clauses in employment agreements for some federal contractors.
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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
As part of the General Services Administration's initiative to improve energy efficiency, the agency has announced a list of green technologies to be evaluated and encourages more companies to participate.
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Sunday, September 14th, 2014
GE Lighting LLC has offered to settle allegations of hiring discrimination being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
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Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Federal contractor, Westat Inc. has agreed to settle charges that it failed to provide equal employment opportunities to 3,651 minority and female job applicants.
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Friday, September 12th, 2014
Democratic lawmakers in both the House and the Senate recently proposed legislation that would block federal contract awards to certain companies that reincorporate in foreign countries.
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014
After months of controversy, the Office of Personnel Management announced their decision to not renew the contract for USIS, the embattled contractor that had performed the majority of background checks for security clearances.
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Friday, September 5th, 2014
Agencies are now cleared to begin using the General Services Administration's OASIS contract as the Court of Federal Claims and Government Accountability Office have denied all bid protests.
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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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