You Are Now Largely Precluded From Disciplining Employees For Disclosing Their Compensation To Others (and, “Newsflash,” You Generally Were Beforehand)

Oct 1, 2015

By David Warner Earlier this month, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”), published the final rule (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-11/pdf/2015-22547.pdf) implementing Executive Order 13665, which prohibits federal contractors from taking adverse action against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant…. Read more »


Obama Signs Executive Order: Paid Sick Leave for Government Contractor Employees

Sep 10, 2015

By Marina Blickley This past Monday (Labor Day), President Obama signed his latest Executive Order implicating federal government contractor employment practices and increasing required benefits for their workers. This most recent Executive Order requires contractors and subcontractors to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to 7… Read more »


It’s Time To Get Your Head Into The Cloud

Sep 3, 2015

By Carmen Calloway ”To Cloud or Not To Cloud”: That is the question. You’ve probably asked yourself this question regarding the Cloud concept. What is it and how does it work? I admit that the concept of cloud is not easy, but here are some basics of cloud that helped me. The term “cloud computing”… Read more »


I’d Gladly Pay You Tuesday for a Hamburger Today!

Aug 26, 2015

By Rich Zimmerman Readers of E.G. Segar’s comic strip Popeye may recognize the famous title line of J. Wellington Wimpy, known to readers as Wimpy. A recurring joke in this strip involves Wimpy’s attempts to convince  others to buy a meal for him with only a vague promise of payment. Government subcontracts present a not-quite-parallel but well… Read more »


Keeping It Simple (Sometimes): Acquisition Thresholds Are Changing (or Not)

Aug 19, 2015

By Guest Blogger, Ron Smith On July 2, 2015, the new 5-year adjustments to Federal acquisition-related thresholds were published in the Federal Register. This news attracted all the media attention and publicity sizzle of a half-time basketball score, even within the acquisition community where these thresholds mean huge differences in the speed of the acquisition… Read more »


Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedules

Aug 12, 2015

By Paul Skalman The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedules are a major contractual source that play a major role in a significant growth area of the federal market – health care products/equipment, pharmaceuticals, and services.  The VA’s National Acquisition Center (VANAC) manages nine (9) separate FSS Schedules dedicated to this growing market segment.  The… Read more »


DOL to Uber (and, ahem, all you other employers using independent contractors), “You’re Doing It Wrong!”

Aug 5, 2015

By David Warner With relatively little fanfare, less than a month ago the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation concerning the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “suffer or permit to work” standard in identifying employees misclassified as independent contractors . Some commentators have suggested that the guidance was a manifestation… Read more »


Vacation, Data Mining, and Marketing

Jul 29, 2015

By Wayne Simpson Most people would not wake up on their first day of vacation, pack, and head to the airport without a planned destination, reservation, a ticket or any idea where they are going to end up. But this is still how some folks plan to enter and expand in the Federal Marketplace. I… Read more »