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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Earlier today, word began circulating that President Obama will use the State of the Union speech this evening to announce an increase in the minimum wage by nearly 40% to $10.10 an hour for workers on new government contracts.
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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Although President Obama has had his fair share of conservative detractors for his recent use of executive orders to address issues some believe should be handled by legislation, one legal nonprofit says that such use of Presidential power is common and proposes a list of further actions.
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Friday, April 11th, 2014
The General Services Administration has announced that is designing a new Web platform and business structure to give special attention to complicated acquisitions.
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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
As new executive orders aimed at enhancing enforcement efforts and combating wage disparity among employees of federal contractors were announced, discussion of the potential impact of such rules has been widely considered. The Washington Times ran an article today speculating on the impact of new rules, including NAGC comments on what the compliance requirements may mean.
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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
This week, two new executive orders aimed at contractors were issued as part of the administration's efforts to expose and eliminate pay discrimination. Concerns exist that once rules are put in place, compliance obligations may unduly impact smaller businesses.
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Friday, March 28th, 2014
This week the Senate has confirmed Maria Contreras-Sweet to serve as Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). Contreras-Sweet was confirmed by a voice vote and will now fill the position left vacant since Karen Mills stepped down in September of last year.
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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Responding to security concerns -- in an era where every acquisition is expected to have some cyber component -- a joint taskforce of federal agencies have announced their recommendations on setting new security standards and the process of implementing them into contracting rules has begun.
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Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Katrina McFarland, assistant Defense secretary told conference attendees that confusion over "lowest price, technically acceptable" contracts and shrinking budgets have led analysts to unfairly blame the acquisitions workforce for a lack of ambition to innovate.
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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
According to a report from the Office of Personnel Management, federal background checks suffer from a lack of information. OPM says greater access to state and local police reports is needed in order to improve the security clearance process.
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Friday, March 14th, 2014
Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget came under pressure on Wednesday to sharpen agency efforts to compile a workable list of federal programs, as required under the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act.
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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
The Associated Press reports that a civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to a Chinese girlfriend half his age will be entering a guilty plea.
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Friday, March 7th, 2014
Interagency databases designed to warn contracting officers about past performance issues with contractors are not getting the job done and are exposing agencies to expensive problems, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo declared at a recent oversight hearing.
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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
The House Small Business Committee approved drafts of six different pieces of contracting reform legislation, including bills that would raise current agency goals for small businesses.
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Friday, February 21st, 2014
According to a recently released contracting document, the cost of the computer cloud that supports data sharing for HealthCare.gov had reached $60 million before its troubled launch at the end of November 2013 -- an overrun five times more than the original price tag.
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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
With congress having signed off on a budget resolution and legislation that offsets a significant portion of the sequester cuts. Some are finding that new appropriations outlook for contracting in 2014 from what had previously been expected.
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Sunday, February 9th, 2014
The Office of Personnel Management recently announced plans to tighten its control over the portions of the governmentwide background check process that had once been left to largely to embattled contractor, USIS.
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014
The competition for federal contract awards has intensified, and a keen understanding of the government procurement process is vital to government contractors. To better position their businesses for success, one understand federal fiscal priorities this was the message of expert panelists at the fiscal 2014 Federal Outlook Breakfast for Women In Northern Virginia.
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Friday, January 31st, 2014
The General Services Administration has announced a new version of their office supply bulk buying program. The recently issued request for proposals reflects several changes from the two previous versions.
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Friday, January 31st, 2014
The day after President Obama's State of the Union address -- that made no mention of federal acquisition reforms as some had hoped -- the General Services Administration and Defense Department announced six broad reforms to improve cybersecurity measures in acquisitions.
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