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In his first appearance following the midterm election results, President Trump did not rule out the possibility of a shut-down next month, if certain spending initiatives are not approved. Responding to questioning whether the midterm results had impacted his demand that Congress fund the border wall, and whether a shutdown was likely, Trump said, "I can't commit to that, but it's possible." He added that he was "not necessarily" committed to pursuing a shutdown strategy, but reiterated, "We need money to build the wall, the whole wall, not pieces of it."  Read More



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The number of contractors excluded from government work decreased for the third year in a row, with experts citing increased federal experience in targeting bad players. In fiscal 2017, federal agencies issued 3,640 suspensions, debarments, and proposals for debarment -- 14 percent fewer than the 4,249 actions taken in 2016, the report released from the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee found.  Read More



Earlier this week, OFCCP new guidance, under the title “What Contractors Can Expect .” The publication coincided with OFCCP Acting Director Craig Leen’s well-received presentation at an industry conference in Anaheim, California.  Read More



In the process of reconciling drafts of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, the conference committee has given contractors hoping to protect their right to file bid protests most of what they had wanted, while also including several provisions that would streamline the Pentagon’s acquisitions.  Read More



According to a recent article by the Washington Post, as the federal work-force shrinks under the current administration, employment has risen amongst contractors in the private sector. “Eighteen months after Donald Trump came to Washington promising to “drain the swamp,” his presidency is proving to be a mixed bag for the regional economy. Far from gutting Washington’s biggest economic asset -- the federal government -- the direction of federal spending under a Republican-controlled Congress is creating winners and losers on different sides of the Potomac.  Read More



The General Services Administration is proposing changes to the way it purchases services. In April the Office of Federal Procurement Policy released a new strategy to use category management to reduce multiple award contracts, and contractors will begin seeing the results soon.  Read More



A department within the Office of Personnel Management -- the National Background Investigations Bureau – is proposing to use the information federal contractors gather on their employees during the hiring process to help with background checks.  Read More



The Small Business Administration is seeking as many as three small businesses to provide a wide range of information technology support. The agency requested proposals earlier this month for Engineering and Information Technology Support Services, its multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract. The contract has a ceiling of $40 million and a period of performance of up to five years. The entire contract is set aside for small businesses.  Read More



The McKinsey & Co. consulting firm has discontinued one of its management contracts with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau, in objection to President Trump’s toughened border policy. As reported Monday by The New York Times, employees at the global firm expressed moral concerns when the existence of a contract assisting ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations division was reported last month.  Read More



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