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Feds Announce Application Process for Rural Broadband Experiments

On August 19th, the Federal Communications Commission released a public notice detailing the application process for entities interested in participating in the rural broadband experiments. The notice outlines specific...more

Let’s Talk About Sex: U.S. Department of Labor Targets Transgender & Gender Identity Discrimination

On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a directive to “clarify that existing agency guidance on discrimination on the basis of sex... includes discrimination on the bases of gender identity and...more

OFCCP To Require Federal Contractors To Report Wage Information

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, which, if adopted, would amend regulations under Executive Order 11246 to require certain...more

Comments on SBA's Proposed Rule Regarding Advisory Small Business Size Decisions

Re: Comments on Proposed Rule Regarding Advisory Small Business Size Decisions RIN: 3245-AG59, Docket Number: SBA-2014-7 - Dear Mr. Koppel: We are writing to submit comments regarding the U.S. Small Business...more

DOL Issues Directive on Gender Identity and Transgender Status

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)—which enforces anti-discrimination and affirmative action laws affecting government contractors and subcontractors—has issued...more

The "Equal Pay Report" - Yet Another New Regulation Requiring Compliance by Federal Contractors

The Equal Pay Report – yet another obligation being imposed on federal contractors is coming to you soon. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released information on another new rule that will require...more

Blog Exclusive: Government Sues Hospital for Birthing Mama’s Babies

The Clinica de la Mama case could well serve as an instruction manual of what not to do to stay out of the government’s crosshairs. In this case, several hospitals entered into contracts for Clinica de la Mama to provide...more

A Husband’s “Illusory” Control: Recent SBA Decision Clarifies Role of Spouse in EDWOSBs

Since inception of the WOSB Program, the SBA has been sensitive to the involvement of husbands in WOSBs and EDWOSBs. To combat the risk of a husband (or another man) running a WOSB or EDWOSB, the regulations require that the...more

OFCCP’s Newest Directive: Gender Identity and Sex Discrimination

The stated purpose of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) August 19, 2014 Directive 2014-02 is to make clear that discrimination “based on sex” includes discrimination on the bases of gender identity...more

Efforts to Stop Health Insurance Fraud Through Use of Contractors Under Fire

In recent reports, from June 25, 2014 and August 13, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights the mixed results achieved by the federal government's increased efforts to crack down on health insurance fraud...more

A Provisional Winner of an Offshore Wind Lease is Announced and that Means the Goal Line is Still Far Off

Offshore wind took another small step forward last week when US Wind was announced as the provisional winner of the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's August 19 auction of development rights to nearly 80,000 acres off of...more

Court Broadens Confidentiality of Investigations - D.C. Circuit extends privilege in internal corporate probes, but inconsistent...

You are counsel to a government contractor that is conducting an internal investigation into possible fraud. Federal mandatory disclosure obligations require an investigation, as does the need to gather facts to seek legal...more

The Texas Department of Transportation and Abrams-Kiewit Joint Venture Reach Agreement on the Loop 375 Border Highway West...

On August 22, 2014, the Texas Department of Transportation and Abrams-Kiewit Joint Venture (Developer) reached commercial close on the Loop 375 Border Highway West Extension Project (Project). The contract, which includes...more

OFCCP Proposes Salary Disclosure Requirements for Federal Contractors

On the heels of a new executive order mandating disclosure of labor violations, earlier this month the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released proposed rules requiring federal...more

One Of The Country’s Largest Hospital Organizations to Pay $98.15 Million Settlement on False Claims Act Allegations

On Monday, August 4, 2014, The Department of Justice announced that Community Health Systems (“CHS”) agreed to pay $98.15 million to settle nine whistleblower lawsuits alleging that the company violated the False Claims Act. ...more

OFCCP Issues Directive Addressing Gender Identity and Transgender Bias

Earlier this week the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a directive to “clarify that existing agency guidance on discrimination on the basis of sex... includes discrimination on the bases of gender...more

New Guidance on Contractor Self-Disclosure

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides health care providers an opportunity to disclose potential violations of certain Federal civil and criminal laws in relation to HHS contracts or...more

And Now More Disclosure Requirements for Federal Contractors – Employee Compensation

Federal contractors and subcontractors that have 100 or more employees and a federal contract, subcontract or purchase order exceeding $50,000 should pay close attention to a new rule proposed by the Department of Labor’s...more

OFCCP Publishes Directive on Gender Identity and Sex Discrimination

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a Directive on Gender Identity and Sex Discrimination (DIR 2014-02). The Directive clarifies that agency guidance on discrimination on the basis of sex...more

Third Commandment of Government Contractors: Thou shalt start as low as possible

If all we knew about Washington was based on the dramas we watch on television or the stories reported in the media, it would be easy to conclude that everything that gets accomplished is based on who people know. Make no...more

Is Sexual Orientation Including Gender Identity the Next Universally Protected Class in Employment Law?

On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order expanding protection of employees of the federal government provided by Executive Orders 11478 and 11246. Specifically, individuals in federal employment cannot be...more

President Obama Issues New Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

On July 31, President Obama issued an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose past labor violations. The order applies to new contracts for goods and services, including construction, valued at more than...more

President Expands OFCCP Jurisdiction to Investigating Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Effective immediately, federal contractors, including construction employers working on federally-funded construction projects, and federal government employers are prohibited from discriminating against applicants and...more

Labor Department Adds Gender Identity and Transgender Status to Prohibition on Sex Discrimination

On August 19, 2014, the Department of Labor issued a guidance advising that it will consider cases of discrimination based upon gender identity and transgender status to be violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and...more

Maryland offshore wind sites auctioned

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has sold the rights to lease sites for offshore wind projects in federal waters off Maryland to US Wind Inc. for $8.7 million....more

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