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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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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
According to a recently published Washington Post article, members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and the House Small Business Committee are seeking answers into improperly awarded contracts intended for small, veteran owned business. "The Veterans Affairs procurement saga that has left members of Congress and veterans fuming may have cheated small, veteran-owned businesses of millions of dollars worth of federal government work."
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Saturday, June 20th, 2015
According to OPM statements, June 19 was sat as the final day for breach notifications to be sent out. But with a second breach of background-check information developing and problems plaguing the first breach notification process, potentially millions of affected feds remain unaware of their exposure.
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Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Since the beginning of this month, three proposed Federal Acquisition Regulation rules have been issued to implement the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The proposed rules will improve opportunities for small businesses competing for federal contracts. In 2010, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, described by some as the most significant piece of small business legislation in more than a decade. The legislation implemented recommendations from the President's Task Force on Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Business.
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Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Many await answers to determine what the OPM data breach that affected 4 million employees may mean for them -- among them are federal contractors. The Office of Management and Budget is said to be preparing governmentwide cybersecurity guidance.
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Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
At present, small businesses must go to federal court to challenge Small Business Administration size standards, but costly litigation is not a realistic option for many small companies. The House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting has taken a bill under consideration that would allow challenges to be brought through an administrative process as well. Under the legislation, a firm would have to file a complaint with the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals within 30 days of a new size standard's publication in the Federal Register.
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Thursday, June 4th, 2015
A proposed rule -- issued nearly a year after President Obama signed an executive order requiring contractors to disclose labor law violations when they submit bids for federal work -- is finding opposition from the acquisition community.
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Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
President Obama issued Executive Order 13496 in 2010 which required federal contractors to post updated notices of employee federal labor rights. The new posting advised contractors' employees of their rights to organize under the National Labor Relations Act.
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Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Late last week the Obama administration nominated Denise Turner Roth to lead the General Services Administration. The former city manager and legislative aide who became GSA deputy administrator a year ago, had been acting in the post since the February departure of Dan Tangherlini.
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Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, David Vitter (R-La.), sent a letter to SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet questioning the accuracy of the SBA's small business contracting data and requested supporting information.
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Saturday, May 16th, 2015
The Department of Labors Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) has issued a Final Rule which will revise reporting requirements under the Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA).
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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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