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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, January 24th, 2015
If a new rule being considered by the Office of the Special Counsel is put in place, government contractors and subcontractors may be eligible for the same whistleblower protections as government employees.
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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
With the incoming 114th Congress, the outlook for contractors is brighter -- as an end to sequester and other legislative actions which would increase spending appear likely.
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Saturday, January 17th, 2015
The head of the General Services Administration, Dan Tangherlini, whom the Obama administration appointed to right the agency in the wake of GSA scandals, has announced that he will leave the position in February.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2015
Federal agencies are stepping up efforts to streamline the process of buying information technology. The General Services Administration is hoping that in the near future, agencies will be able to buy from "agile" companies: specializing in quick-turnaround for purchases of software deployments and other IT projects.
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Thursday, January 8th, 2015
Recently, the Obama administration has trumpeted its initiative to simplify the federal acquisition process. The buzzwords frequently used are "category management." Procurement policy administrators have identified the top ten categories of agency spending.
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Monday, January 5th, 2015
Recently, the Department of Labor published the final rule "prohibiting discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity in the federal contracting workforce" implementing Executive Order 13672, signed by President Obama back in July.
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Thursday, January 1st, 2015
The Defense Contract Audit Agency's rejected an earlier finding that a contractor should not be entitled to $6.6 million in related to costs in fiscal 2008 on grounds that the claim did not comply with generally accepted government auditing standards.
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Thursday, December 18th, 2014
The recently passed 2015 defense authorization bill renews for three years a small business program that some, including the Pentagon itself, have argued should be terminated.
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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
The U.S. Senate has passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that lifts the threat of a government shutdown.

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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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