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 (https://blog.dol.gov/2015/05/05/rewarding-hard-work/) that the DOL had… Read more »

Contract Award Starts the Subject Matter Jurisdiction for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

May 6, 2015

By Wojciech Z. Kornacki, Esq. In Caddell Construction Co., LLC v. United States, Nos. 15-135C, 15-136C, April 10, 2015, Caddell Construction Co., LLC filed the protest action alleging that the government violated the Competition in Contracting Act (“CICA”). The CICA prohibits the government from awarding contracts during the pendency of a GAO protest unless certain requirements… Read more »

David Warner Joins Centre Law & Consulting

Apr 23, 2015

VIENNA, Va., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Centre Law & Consulting, LLC, announced today that David Warner, Esq. has joined the firm as a Partner.  Mr. Warner is a seasoned counselor and advocate with nearly twenty years of experience in the resolution and litigation of complex employment and business disputes. He has extensive experience advising federal contractors in affirmative action… Read more »

Transactional Data Reporting Update

Apr 22, 2015

By Carmen Calloway and Maureen Jamieson On April 17, 2015, GSA held its public meeting regarding the proposed Transactional Data Reporting Rule. GSA states that its role is to simplify like offerings into a Category Management module by consolidating like services and supplies into hallways for easier use of buying. The Acquisition Gateway has now… Read more »