Are You Smarter Than Your GSA Contracting Officer?

Jul 15, 2015

By Julia Coon The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Contracting Officers have a great deal of responsibilities. They manage thousands of schedules that generated more than $34.8 billion during the 2013 fiscal year. Their job is to ensure the government is getting the best value. It is important that these individuals are… Read more »

Are Your Pay Practices Compliant with Recent Wage and Hour Law Developments?

Jul 9, 2015

By Marina Blickley With an increased focus at federal, state, and local level on “fair” employment practices, compliance continues to be an ongoing process for businesses countrywide. Below is a quick overview of developments that companies should be keeping an eye on: – Paid Sick (and Safe) Leave is now required in many states and… Read more »

The Dyckman Stipend: A Revolutionary Lesson in Ethics and Compliance

Jul 1, 2015

By Guest Blogger, Ron Smith Boscobel is a beautiful Federal period manor house on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River. The grounds offer a southward view of the river toward Bear Mountain, the Appalachian Trail, and the US Military Academy at West Point. On summer evenings after dinner on the grounds, Shakespeare is performed under… Read more »

So Now That Bruce Is “Caitlyn” And Rachel Is “Black or African American (Not Hispanic or Latino),” How Do You Fill Out Your EEO-1 and Affirmative Action Plan???

Jun 24, 2015

By David Warner Federal contractors are required to solicit demographic information from their applicants and employees for purposes of complying with evolving obligations imposed by an ever increasing number of Executive Orders. On December 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a new rule prohibiting federal contractors… Read more »

Why Your Data May Be Slow and Man Racks up $48,000 in Gift Cards

Jun 18, 2015

By Barbara Kinosky Did you ever wonder how your internet provider could supply you with unlimited data and still stay in business? Well wonder no more. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has explained this mystery by slapping AT&T with a $100 million fine Wednesday and accusing them of slowing down service for customers signing up for… Read more »

How Low Can You Go?

Jun 11, 2015

By Maureen Jamieson Sharpen your pencils! The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is implementing new and creative ways to reduce your labor and product prices. The latest FAS labor tool is called CALC (Contract Awarded Labor Category). This tool allows you to search awarded hourly rate prices on eight GSA professional… Read more »

FIFA Lessons for Federal Contractors

Jun 4, 2015

By Wojciech Kornacki The recently exposed gross institutional misconduct at the Fèdèration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) teaches us many important lessons about avoiding the proverbial ‘red card’ from the U.S Government.  Below we will analyze what the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requires of Government contractors and what went wrong with FIFA.  While FIFA is… Read more »

Department of Labor & Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council Issue Proposed Guidance to Federal Agencies and Rule Implementing President Obama’s Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order.

May 27, 2015

By Marina Blickley President Obama’s Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order was signed and became effective on July 31, 2014. The Order provides that federal government contractors must understand and comply with labor laws including various Federal laws (e.g., FLSA, NLRA, OSHA, etc.) and equivalent state laws. The Order seeks to ensure compliance through… Read more »

Did You Know that Contracting Officers Must Show Good Faith When They Settle Contractor Claims after Termination for Default?

May 20, 2015

By Wojciech Kornacki In Mansoor International Development Services, Inc., v. United States, No. 14-496C (Filed May 11, 2015), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims denied the government’s motion to dismiss after finding that the contractor has ‘manifestly stated a potentially viable claim for relief based on an alleged breach of the implied duty of good faith… Read more »

Generalissimo Francisco Franco Is Still Dead, And Changes To FLSA’s “White Collar” Exemption Rules Are Still Forthcoming

May 14, 2015

By David Warner In March 2014, President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to “update” the federal regulations controlling what workers may be considered “exempt” from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Last week, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez mentioned in a blog post of his own ( that the DOL had… Read more »