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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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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Saturday, July 12th, 2014
The White House has recruited some of the nation's largest companies - 26 in total - to commit to pay their small-business contractors faster modeling on the QuickPay initiative.
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Friday, July 11th, 2014
The Obama Administration is hoping that a series of new "hallways" under development will lead to more strategic sourcing opportunities. The General Services Administration and the Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council (SSLC) plan to launch the first "hallway" for information technology this fall.
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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Despite pressure from some of the nation's leading business lobbies, House lawmakers approved legislation that would take government contracts away from firms that have committed wage theft.
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Saturday, July 5th, 2014
The Homeland Security Department has hired USIS to perform immigration services although that company is currently being sued by the DOJ for awarding bonuses to executives who are accused of delivering incomplete security clearance background checks to the government.
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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
GSA officials met with contractors awarded OASIS contract vehicles at a kick-off seminar to provide initial training. The training moved forward as protests against the contracting vehicle have been resolved.
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Sunday, June 29th, 2014
According to a recent LA Times article two Southern California contractors were sentenced to prison terms after entering a guilty plea in connection to bribing federal employees in order to win millions of dollars worth of contracts.
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Friday, June 27th, 2014
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee recently approved advancement of three bills that would give federal chief information officers more acquisition oversight, while modernizing the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 and clarify the Homeland Security Department's role in federal cybersecurity efforts.
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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Using it's authority to carry out executive power over labor and employment matters, the Department of Labor's has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register raising the minimum wage for workers on some federal contracts to $10.10 per hour. The proposed rule will implement Executive Order 13658, which was announced by the president on this past February. The issuance gives more information on requirements and possible penalties under the forthcoming regulation.
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Friday, June 20th, 2014
OMB has released guidance to agencies to assist them in implementing a February executive order establishing $10.10 as the new minimum wage for federal contractors.
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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
According to recent reports President Obama has directed staff to prepare an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
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Monday, June 16th, 2014
Competition of more than $13 billion in large and small-business federal contracts is projected for the last quarter of 2014.
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Saturday, June 14th, 2014
The General Services Administration has announced plans to overhaul their Multiple Award Schedules program and requested assistance from contractors asking them to assist with standardizing information to help avoid price discrepancies in government procurements.
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Thursday, June 12th, 2014
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently released their Spring Regulatory Agenda for 2014, in which they announced their upcoming rule-making priorities and anticipated schedule for delivering proposed rules following Executive Orders issued earlier in the year.
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Sunday, June 8th, 2014
The General Services Administration has suspended governmentwide use of the Office Supplies 2 strategic sourcing contract.
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Friday, June 6th, 2014
With mounting bid protests against the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, Congress is beginning to take notice of the potential impact on small firms of the buying programs.
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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
According to available data -- and a recent article in the Washington Post -- women-owned small businesses are retaining their segment of a variable federal contracting market.
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Thursday, May 29th, 2014
The General Services Administration has completed the full-and-open award phase of its 10-year, multibillion dollar OASIS contract for professional service to 74 companies.
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