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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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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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Friday, January 30th, 2015
The U.S. Department of Labor seeks to clarify contractors' requirements to prevent sex discrimination. The DOL's recommended changes would revise the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' guidelines to align with laws, court decisions and changes in society since 1970, when the rules were originally issued.
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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
In the past year, additional compliance obligations have been placed on federal contractors by under a series of Executive Orders and rules issued by the Department of Labor.
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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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