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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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Saturday, December 6th, 2014
In an effort to avoid a potential government showdown over immigration, the AP reports that House Republican leaders are prepared to work with Democrats to pass a spending bill that would keep the government running past next week.
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Friday, December 5th, 2014
GovExec recently published an editorial by Bill Allison of The Sunlight Foundation discussing political spending by government contractors. As scrutiny increases on campaign contributions and lobbying efforts, Allison highlights how some corporations have been concealing their political spending.
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Thursday, December 4th, 2014
More claims of fraud and False Claims Act violations continue to fill the dockets in both federal and state courts. In 2014, the number of investigations and new relator complaints continues to grow. The publicity of huge whistleblower payouts will only fuel the fire for even more investigations going forward. We have seen huge settlement across a wide variety of organizations including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Endo Health Solutions, Amedisys, Omnicare, Samsung Electronics America, and McKesson Corporation. These cases reach across many industries including health care, defense, and financial services and for-profit education.
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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
The Defense Department systems for tracking spending on a variety of contractor services has been under fire from independent auditors and drawn accusations of illegality from advocacy nonprofits.
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Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Congress has less than a month remaining to reach an agreement to fund the government past mid-December.
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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
In the year following the sequestration measure that furloughed more than 850,000 employees for 16 days, a new study found that the shutdown hit some agencies harder than others.
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Monday, November 17th, 2014
As plans turn to stepping up the offensive against the Islamic State, large defense contractors are likely to see new contracts, analysts say.
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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
Kevin Youel Page, assistant commissioner at the General Services Administration's Office of Integrated Award Environment, has taken the role of deputy commissioner at the agency's Federal Acquisition Service.
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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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