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Understanding the 4 “P’s” Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)

To get a P3 proposal to the starting line, public officials need to make sure that there is clarity and agreement on basic issues and priorities - Aging and inadequate infrastructure, required upgrades and scarce...more

Coming Soon to a FAR Near You: Cybersecurity Requirements

There are a growing number of cybersecurity requirements applicable to government contractors that work with the Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence community. ...more

Frequently Asked Questions on the U.S. Government’s National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On February 12, the U.S. Department of State released a set of “Frequently Asked Questions” (“FAQs”) with regard to the U.S. Government’s efforts to develop a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. The plan is...more

Administration Submits Proposal To Increase OFCCP Budget For FY2016

On February 2, President Obama released his fiscal year 2016 budget proposal. The proposed budget includes nearly $113.7 million in annual appropriations to the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance...more

Iran's Upstream Oil and Gas Sector: An Update on Sanctions, Nuclear Talks and the New Petroleum Contract

Although the Islamic Republic of Iran has the world's fourth largest proven oil reserves and second largest natural gas reserves, UN, U.S. and EU sanctions relating to its nuclear program have significantly affected Iran's...more

Checklists of Foreign Countries for U.S. Firms Engaged in International Transactions

Countries Subject to Various Restrictions by the U.S., EU, and UN - Following are checklists of countries that are subject to a variety of U.S. and EU-imposed restrictions affecting international trade. The countries...more

Labor And Employment Law 2014: A Year-End Review

I. New Laws and Regulations - A. Federal - President Obama Signs Executive Orders to Ensure Federal Contractor Compliance with Labor Laws. On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe...more

Minimum Wage Increases for Federal Government Contractors

Executive Order 13658 increases the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, effective January 1, 2015, for certain workers providing services under new contracts with the federal government. The Final Rule, the Fact Sheet, and the...more

CTC Makes First Allocations of 2015 But California’s Infrastructure Future is Murky

At its meeting last week, the California Transportation Commission allocated $174.8 million to 85 projects around the state.  Some of the projects receiving allocations this month include: You can find a full list of projects...more

OFAC Issues Cuban Asset Control Regulations Focused on the U.S. Financial Sector

On January 15, 2015, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba announced by President Obama on December...more

Illinois Law Firm Continues to Clog Court System with Tax-Related False Claims Act Allegations—but Proposed Legislation May Offer...

As many readers of this blog know, over the past 12 years the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois has been deluged with lawsuits filed by a Chicago law firm against internet retailers as a “whistleblower” under the...more

2014/2015 Labor and Employment Observer

In This Issue: - Message from the Chair - On the Horizon: Is Obama Remaking the Workplace While Leaving Congress Behind? - The 2014 Supreme Court Decisions Every Employer Should Know - What to Expect from the...more

Federal Omnibus Bill Makes Significant Changes to Federal Campaign Finance Laws

The Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (“Omnibus”) signed by President Obama on December 17, 2014, contains campaign finance provisions that allow national party committees to raise significantly more money from...more

The Employment Law Authority - December 2014

In This Issue: - Justices Issue Pro-Employer Rulling in FLSA Case - Ogletree Deakins Named A "Law Firm of the Year" - California Mandates Anti-Bullying Training for Supervisors - OFCCP Issues Final...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2014 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Foreign Commercial Satellite Services (DFARS Case 2014-D010) - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued an interim rule adopted as final with minor...more

What If You Threw A Party and Nobody Came? - Planning Ethically Compliant Events to Maximize Government Official Attendance

At this time of the year many companies and trade associations host holiday parties and invite government officials and staff. Strict rules regulate whether attendance is ethically permissible. More than ever, government...more

Congress Passes FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill: What it Means for Labor and Employment Agencies

Narrowly averting a federal government shutdown, on December 13 in a rare Saturday evening session the Senate passed the massive 1600 page, $1.1 trillion FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill that will fund government operations...more

Interim "Contractor Minimum Wage" Acquisition Rules To Be Released

The Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have announced that they will soon publish interim Federal Acquisition Regulation amendments designed to...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Implementing Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination in Government Contracting

On December 3, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule implementing Executive Order (EO) 13672, “Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and...more

"Increased Scrutiny for Government Contracts Under New Maryland Pay-to-Play Law"

Amendments to Maryland's pay-to-play law taking effect January 1, 2015, will impose burdensome contract reporting requirements for many companies. Although Maryland has had a pay-to-play law on the books for years, these...more

It Is Now a Crime to Help a Public Official Make a Contract that Holds Personal Financial Interest

California Legislature Expands Government Code Section 1090 Liability to Those Who Aid and Abet - An amendment to Government Code section 1090 now makes it a felony for any person to aid and abet a government official...more

Cha-Ching! New Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Officially Effective on January 1, 2015

For federal contractors and their subcontractors, the Administration continues to add new requirements and standards they must meet in order to transact with the U.S. Government. Yet another such requirement recently joined...more

California Takes Significant Strides Toward Design-Build

New Law Consolidates Certain Design-Build Authorizations Under a Single Statute - The adoption of Senate Bill 785 signifies strong movement toward authorizing design-build procurement in California at the state and...more

Global Procurement Quarterly - Summer/Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Recent Trends in FCPA Enforcement – First Half of 2014 - Ukraine/Russia–Related Sanctions - New Executive Order Places Additional Reporting Obligations on Government Contractors and...more

Sixth Commandment of Government Contracting: Thou shalt avoid political intervention

In the Third Commandment, “Thou Shalt Start as Low as Possible,” I discussed the challenges associated with seeking political intervention to solve a Government contracting problem. This topic deserves treatment on its own...more

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