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A former Air Force acquisition chief, appearing before congress, decried the worsening state of the DoD system meant to quickly send new military equipment to troops. "Our ability to deliver things quickly to the warfighter, other than through workarounds like the MRAP [Mine Resistant Ambush Protection vehicle], is worse than it's ever been," William LaPlante told the House Armed Services Committee.  Read More



Contractors, and business owners looking for ways to reduce costs associated with commercial-building ownership, should examine potential tax reductions including the §179D tax deduction, while they are still available. The §179D deduction, which rewards energy efficiency measures in commercial buildings, is a tax incentive available to building owners and primary designers since its' inception under the Energy Policy Act ("EPAct") of 2005.  Read More



According to recent reports, federal government purchasers are more likely to go with what they know, than take a chance on new solutions. This trend was the illustrated by market research and analysis firm, Nation Analytics, in a report that examined 246 task orders and contracts for federal services -- each worth $50 million or more -- awarded in fiscal 2016.  Read More



The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced plans to begin turning President Donald Trump's contracting priorities into policy over the next several months. Jack St. John, GSA's chief of staff, outlined a few of these priorities at a recent government procurement function held in Virginia.  Read More



President Donald Trump signed his first piece of major legislation this past week, a $1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September. The bill passed both houses of Congress this week and Trump signed it into law prior to the deadline for government operations to begin shutting down.  Read More



During a ceremony held in Wisconsin this past week, President Trump signed yet another executive order, this one entitled, “Buy American and Hire American.” While it remains unclear what the order may mean for contractors, there has been extensive conjecture on the subject.  Read More



Reports indicate that the executive order from the Obama administration mandating 56 hours of paid sick leave for government contractors may stay intact under the Trump administration, at least for the moment.  Read More



Facing industry criticism, the General Services Administration has begun to consider whether to do away with their Transactional Data Rule program, launched in an effort to stream-line requirements for commercial vendors in the transactional data reporting process.  Read More



According to recent article in the Atlantic, the US Department of Labor believes Google has engaged in practices allowing unequal pay among men and women. Pending a court ruling it has been requested the company's federal contracts be suspended.  Read More




United States President, Donald Trump
President Trump has issued an executive order repealing the "Blacklisting" rule.

As expected, President Trump has officially signed the resolution undoing the rule that the Obama administration had put in place to effectively blacklisted federal contractors that were convicted of or simply charged with violating federal worker protection laws.  Read More



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