Forty Million More Reasons To Care About Workplace Equity

Oct 31, 2019

By David Warner,   Actually “40,569,816 reasons,” to be exact. Last week the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a press release lauding its performance in fiscal year 2019 in which it obtained a record-setting $40,569,816 in monetary settlements from federal contractors. The results reflect a more than sixty-five percent (65%) increase over the… Read more »

Staying Vigilant – Why Ethical Compliance Under the FAR is Never Complete

Oct 24, 2019

By Edward W. Bailey,   All too often, federal contractors let their guard down when it comes to their ethical duties under the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). This is largely because the FAR’s provisions concerning ethical conduct do not provide much specific guidance. For example, FAR § 52.203-13 requires contractors to have a “written code of… Read more »

#Metoo’s First Victory Over Senate-Confirmed Official and Overtime Coverage Expands

Oct 3, 2019

By Tyler Freiberger, Esq.,   More than one year ago the Federal Housing Finance Agency Special Adviser Simone Grimes testified before Congress describing a former North Carolina representative, and then FHFA Director, Mel Watt’s repeated sexual advances toward Ms. Grimes. As Grimes testified to, and the FHFA Office of Inspector General confirmed, each time Grimes expressed… Read more »

Don’t Be Left Holding the Bag – Why It’s More Important Than Ever To Thoroughly Review Your Government Contract Before Signing

Sep 26, 2019

By Edward W. Bailey, Boeing just challenged a recent ruling by the Court of Federal Claims which has wide-reaching implications for government contractors. In a May decision, the Court held that, by executing a contract with the government, Boeing had waived its right to challenge the government’s inclusion in the contract of certain mandatory FAR… Read more »

Service Contract Labor Standards (AKA SCA): Top 10 Things to Consider

Sep 19, 2019

By William Weisberg, Esq., The Service Contract Labor Standards (“SCLS”) governs how, and how much, government contractors must pay “covered” employees on “covered” contracts.  Here are the Top 10 things to keep in mind regarding Service Contract Labor Standards: It used to be called the “Service Contract Act,” and many people still call it that, or… Read more »

Consolidation, Consolidation, Consolidation: It’s Coming, Are You Ready?!

Sep 12, 2019

By Angel N. Davis, There is an on-going buzz surrounding the upcoming GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Consolidation. If you haven’t heard (I am not sure where you’ve been), GSA is consolidating 24 schedules for products, services, and solutions, into one single platform. This initiative will have an impact on all schedule holders. This is what… Read more »

The GAO Weighs in on SBA’s New Five Year Annual Receipts Average

Sep 5, 2019

By Heather Mims, Esq. Contractors (and officials) across the country have experienced some confusion about the implementation of the recently enacted Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018. If you’re unfamiliar with the Act, Congress has amended the Small Business Act to modify the method for prescribing size standards for business concerns – what used to… Read more »