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 »

Sadly Predictable: Donald Trump and Another VA Audit plus Important New FAR Changes, OPM Passes the Hat, New DOL Guidance and the Truth about the McDonalds Hot Coffee Case

Jul 22, 2015

By Barbara Kinosky Donald Trump continued his rampage against his Republican colleagues by calling Lindsey Graham (Rep SC) an idiot and giving out Graham’s cell phone number during an interview. Graham responded by calling Trump a jackass, a word I have never used before in any of my blogs. This is better than the Bachelorette… Read more »

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 »