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Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2014

In this issue: - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue an Interim Rule to Amend FAR: Equal Employment and Affirmative Action for Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue a Final Rule to Amend...more

Federal Miller Act Rights Trump State Statute Precluding Claims by Non-Licensed Contractors

In a recent decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held, for the first time, that California’s contractor licensing requirement cannot be used to bar a federal subcontractor from pursuing a claim under the Miller...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2014

In this issue: - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue a Proposed Rule to Amend FAR Review and Justification of Pass-Through Contracts - DoD Issues Proposed Rule to Amend DFARS Business Systems Compliance (DFARS Case...more

Proposed "Buy American" Regulations Complicate Doing Business with the State of Maryland

On July 11, 2014, the Maryland Board of Public Works issued a Notice of Proposed Action that proposed new regulations concerning the preference for American-manufactured goods on most public contracts. The regulations, as...more

CEQA Exemption Update: Westland Water District Two-Year Contract Renewals Ruled Exempt from CEQA Requirements

In North Coast Rivers Alliance v. Westlands Water District, No. FO67383 (Cal. Ct. App. 5th Dist. July 3, 2014), the Fifth Appellate District upheld the Westland Water District and its related distribution districts’ (Water...more

Global Procurement Quarterly - Spring 2014

In This Issue: - The New Front in U.S. Sanctions: Ukraine and Russia - Electronic Invoicing in EU Public Contracts - German and EU Rules on Joint Bids - Q+A Corner with Melissa Milstead, Associate General...more

Act Would Require Public Contractors To Report Employment Information For All Employees Working On Public Contracts In New Jersey

On March 27, 2014, the Wage Transparency Act (S1038) was passed by the New Jersey Senate. The act would require public contractors to report to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development...more

En Banc Ninth Circuit Holds ESA Consultation Requirement Applies to Renewal of Long-Term Water Contracts

In a unanimous decision, eleven active judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the duty to consult under section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) when a federal agency action...more

New Jersey Seeks Input As It Considers Removing the RPS Requirement from the BGS Procurement Process

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (the Board) recently announced that it is soliciting feedback from industry stakeholders regarding a proposal to remove the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement from the...more

New California Law Authorizes FPPC to Provide Advice or Opinions, Investigate and Enforce Violations of Government Code Section...

AB 1090 Will Take Effect January 1, 2014 - AB 1090, signed by Governor Brown this week, authorizes the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to investigate or initiate an administrative or civil action (including...more

Dealing with a Government Shutdown: Six-Step Action Plan for Contractors

There are six steps that every government contractor should take in response to a government shutdown. STEP 1: INVENTORY AND EVALUATE CONTRACTS - Contractors should review how their contracts are funded. Fully...more

Arizona Legislature Adds New Limits On Indemnification In Public Construction Contracts

For many years, the Arizona Little Miller Act and the Arizona Procurement Code (A.R.S. § 34–226 and A.R.S. § 41-2586, respectively) prohibited a party from being indemnified, held harmless or defended to the extent of its own...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 8: Burning The Midnight Oil

When lawmakers returned on April 2 for the second half of the 2013 Regular Session, the 16th legislative day resulted in one of the longest of the year, with both houses adjourning close to midnight and then putting in long...more

2012-13 Education Legislation Summarized By KMTG

In order to have the new 2012-13 education legislation handy, we have combined our series on the subject into one easy to reference location. Here you will find a recap of all the legislation we summarized, along with a link...more

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