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2018 Contractor Minimum Wage Increased to $10.35

The Department of Labor has announced the 2018 minimum wage rate for contracts covered by Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors. The 2014 order raised the hourly minimum wage paid by contractors to workers performing work on … Continue reading

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Comments on Impact of FTAs on Procurement Markets Requested

The Department of Commerce and the Office of the United States Trade Representative are conducting industry outreach to better understand how the government’s procurement obligations under free trade agreements and the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement affect manufacturer … Continue reading

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DoD Seeks Comments on Removal of DFARS Contract Clauses

The Department of Defense is seeking input on Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement solicitation provisions and contract clauses that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, issued February 24, 2017, directed … Continue reading

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Court of Federal Claims Continues Injunctions of Student Loan Debt Collection Contracts

The Court of Federal Claims continued preliminary injunctions because the court became aware of issues with the government’s student loan program, and it was necessary to preserve the status quo until the protests of the contract awards for debt collection … Continue reading

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GSA Seeks Input on Changes to GSAR, FTR, FMR, and FPMR

In accordance with Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, the General Services Administration is seeking input on repealing, replacing, and modifying its acquisition regulations, policies, standards, business practices, and guidance. GSA is also seeking input on GSA travel, management, … Continue reading

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GAO Seeks Improvements to Contractor Whistleblower Pilot Program

A report issued by the Government Accountability Office recommends improvements to the Pilot Program for Enhancement of Contractor Employee Whistleblower Protections. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (PL 112-239) added 41 USC 4712 to create a four-year … Continue reading

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GAO’s 2017 High-Risk List Cites Continuing Procurement Issues

The Government Accountability Office has released is High-Risk List for 2017. The HRL, issued every two years, examines federal programs and operations that are especially vulnerable to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement, or that need transformative change. The report, GAO-17-317, … Continue reading

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