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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Nearly 640,000 less people held security clearances at the end of fiscal 2014 than had a year earlier, according to a recent report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. This marks a 12-percent drop in the number of federal employees, contractors and others with access to confidential information. In the past-Snowden era, the Obama administration has ordered agencies to reduce their lists of cleared employees and contractors to those who need access to classified data in order to do their jobs. In addition agencies have been instructed to develop insider-threat programs to detect clearance holders with the potential to do harm.
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Friday, May 8th, 2015
According to estimates, corporations that have reclassified themselves as "foreign-owned" received approximately $1 billion in federal contracts over the last five years. Two members of Congress have reintroduced legislation that would block these companies from receiving government contracts.
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Thursday, May 7th, 2015
The General Services Administration's inspector general favors the concept of replacing price-reduction rules with transactional data requirements for its Federal Supply Schedule and other contracting vehicles, but has expressed some concerns about the plan.
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
At the end of last month, a report was released to congress that showed suspensions and debarments for contractors continues to rise.
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Friday, April 17th, 2015
This past week, a congressional caucus held a forum in which discussions of further requests for President Obama to issue more executive orders related to labor policies governing federal contractors.
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Friday, April 10th, 2015
Good Jobs Nation, an advocacy group for low-wage federal contract workers is alleging that some contractors are breaking the law by not paying their employees enough.
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Thursday, April 9th, 2015
President Obama's executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against applicants and employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity took effect this past week.
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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
The General Services Administration continues to work with industry in order to implement a consolidated professional services contract schedule for vendors and customer agencies by November.
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Sunday, March 29th, 2015
The Labor Department, under direction by the Obama administration, will be delaying a rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to ensure their workplace is free from discrimination based on sex.
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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
A new feedback tool, named Acquisition 360, will allow contractors to rate their transactions with federal agencies, OFPP Administrator Anne Rung announced in a recent memo.
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Saturday, March 21st, 2015
In July of last year, President Obama issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order that would allow the government to deny a company a contract if they or subcontractors are even suspected of having violated federal labor laws within the previous three years.
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Friday, March 13th, 2015
The White House recently released a memo -- in conjunction with the FAA's announcement regarding the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) -- that will have a significant impact on how government contractors can use UAVs.

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
More than 50 organizations are urging President Obama to issue an executive order requiring stricter campaign spending disclosure for companies that contract with the federal government.
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Saturday, March 7th, 2015
The General Services Administration is again considering a change to an acquisition rule commonly despised -- the Price Reduction Clause.
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Friday, February 20th, 2015
The General Services Administration is investigating new ways that agencies might purchase cloud computing services.
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Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Almost 600 small businesses are at risk of losing their set-aside status in 2015, and the Small Business Administration doesn't think they are even aware of the possibility.
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
With the proliferation of cyberattacks, and growing potential for damage, the Obama administration seeks assistance from the private sector -- requiring some contractors to take certain measures.
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
In a recent report, the Office of Management and Budget warned Congress that if cuts from sequestration are again implemented in fiscal 2016, the impact on agency budgets would be significant.
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Saturday, February 14th, 2015
Under new Labor Department rules, steps to prevent pay discrimination and pay secrecy amongst federal contractors are being taken. A Massachusetts hospital was recently the subject of a DOL investigation and has chosen to settle the charges.
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Friday, February 6th, 2015
Companies contracting with the federal government will soon be expected to follow new rules aimed at combatting human trafficking -- and demonstrate compliance.
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