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Order Prohibits Retaliation for Disclosing Compensation Information

President Obama today signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation. The order is designed to promote economy and efficiency in federal procurement and to reinforce the civil rights laws that … Continue reading

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Former Navy Contractor VP Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charges

The Department of Justice has announced that a former vice president of a Chesapeake, Virginia, government contractor pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pay bribes to public officials in exchange for favorable treatment in connection with government contract work. According to a … Continue reading

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DoD Adds Performance-Based Payments Contract Clauses

On Monday, the Department of Defense is set to issue a final rule (DFARS Case 2011-D045) that amends the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplement to address performance-based payments. The rule provides detailed guidance and instructions on the use of the performance-based … Continue reading

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GAO: More Guidance Needed on Urgency Exception

A March 2014 Government Accountability Office Report, “Noncompetitive Contracts Based on Urgency Need Additional Oversight,” found coding errors raised concerns about the reliability of federal procurement data on the use of the unusual and compelling urgency exception to full and open competition. In … Continue reading

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Court Rejects Industry Group’s Attempt to Halt OFCCP Regulations

An attempt by Associated Builders and Contractors to stop a final rule issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs that requires contractors and subcontractors, including construction contractors, to establish a seven percent utilization goal for the employment of … Continue reading

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OFCCP Launches Community Resources Database

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has launched a new database to help government contractors find qualified workers with disabilities and veterans, and to assist contractors with establishing relationships with national organizations and local community groups that are available … Continue reading

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New Clause for FSS Contracts Requires Digital Certificate Purchase

The General Services Administration has finalized, without change, a proposed rule amending the GSA Acquisition Regulation. The March 13, 2014, final rule, Electronic Contracting Initiative, adds a new clause at GSAR 552.238-81, Modifications (Federal Supply Schedule). The new clause will be used in … Continue reading

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