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Executive Order Issued on Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

On February 12, 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage for Federal contractors and subcontractors under certain contracts, as he had foreshadowed in this year’s State of the Union. The...more

In the Event of a Government Shutdown: Preparation Pointers for Federal Contractors

With the U.S. Congress unable to reach an agreement on a continuing resolution, the U.S. federal government shut down all non-essential services on October 1, 2013. The shutdown will remain in effect until Congress passes...more

GAO Holds That Agency Improperly Credited Offeror With Past Performance of Affiliates

In IAP World Services, Inc.; EMCOR Government Services, B-407917.2 et al. (July 10, 2013), involving a protest challenging an award by the U.S. Department of the Navy (the “Navy”) for base operating support services, the...more

No More Dollar Limits on Federal Contract Set-Asides for Women-Owned Small Businesses

On June 21, 2013, the government issued an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) to remove the dollar limits on contracts that may be set aside for Women-Owned Small Businesses (“WOSB”) and...more

Hospitals Face Mandatory Affirmative Action Obligations Incorporated by Operation of Law Into Their Federal Subcontracts

In UPMC Braddock v. Harris, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the U.S. Department of Labor’s Arbitration Review Board decision treating hospitals as government subcontractors subject to the equal...more

Sequestration Is Here – Now What Happens to Government Contractors?

On March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered the implementation of across-the-board cuts – sequestration – primarily directed to military and domestic discretionary spending because the White House and congressional leaders...more

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013—New Procurement Rules Coming

In January, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (“NDAA”), which includes numerous new procurement policies directed at contractors and how they bid on and perform government...more

Even Offerors Eliminated Before the Competitive Range May Have Protest Standing

On January 14, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) held that an offeror had standing to challenge the exclusion of its proposal from a competition even prior to a competitive range,...more

Challenge Problems in Solicitation Amendments Before Award - A Friendly Reminder from the Federal Circuit

On December 7, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) issued its first decision determining that government contractors need to challenge any obvious errors, improprieties, or ambiguities...more

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