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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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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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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