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In the past several weeks, both houses of Congress have voted to do away with the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, also known as the "blacklist rule." Once President Trump signs the resolution Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule will be gone.  Read More



Contractors working with major federal agencies provided $438 billion in products and services in fiscal 2015, a 24 percent decline from fiscal 2011, according to a wide-ranging roundup from the Government Accountability Office.  Read More



The Department of Justice recently announced NY-based contractor, CA Inc. will pay $45 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that it made false statements and claims in the negotiation and administration of a General Services Administration contract. CA is an information technology management software and services company.  Read More



The Office of Management and Budget recently issued Memorandum M-17-12 to federal agencies to set out guidelines and procedures for preparing for or responding to a breach involving the release of personally identifiable information ("PII").  Read More



Following a recent update to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), some contractors (and their subcontractors) that provide certain services to the federal government, will be required to train their employees on privacy.  Read More




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Congress moves against blacklisting rules.

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed on a bipartisan basis H.J. Res. 37, a resolution to block the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, by a vote of 236-187. The order is often referred to as the "blacklisting" regulations because of concerns that the government will use these regulations to prohibit employers from doing business with the U.S. government due to actual or alleged labor law violations.  Read More



Senator Grassley has reintroduced legislation that would permanently authorize and require all employers to use the E-Verify program, currently a mostly voluntary system for employers to authenticate the eligibility of applicants to work in the United States.  Read More



Earlier this month, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions was sworn in as the 84th Attorney General of the United States. Based on Sessions' record as a former federal prosecutor and conservative U.S. Senator, gives some insight into what his U.S. Department of Justice will mean for federal government contractors.  Read More



Federal contractors subject to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are required to invite applicants for employment and new hires to identify themselves as individuals with disabilities. Covered contractors are also required to periodically survey current employees regarding their status as individuals with disabilities. All such inquiries must be made using the form published by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).  Read More



Contrary to what some had thought planned, and despite some of his campaign assurances, President Trump has said that he plans to continue to enforce Obama's 2014 executive order that offers protections for the employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on their sexual orientation.  Read More



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