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While many in the contracting community applaud the Trump administrations agenda to cut regulations as announced in one of his early executive orders, some lawmakers are questioning the process. At the end of last month, the administration and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced the policy push had been yielding results: that federal agencies have withdrawn or weakened 860 proposed regulations that inhibited economic growth.  Read More



In order to achieve the regulatory reforms announced in February with President Trump's executive order calling for cuts, a regulatory task force was formed among agencies to review and take actions on regulations -- the secretive composition and actions of that task force concerns lawmakers.  Read More



While many in the contracting community applaud the Trump administrations agenda to cut regulations as announced in one of his early executive orders, some lawmakers are questioning the process. At the end of last month, the administration and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced the policy push had been yielding results: that federal agencies have withdrawn or weakened 860 proposed regulations that inhibited economic growth.  Read More



Finding shortcomings in the administrative record, a recent federal court decision vacated a 15-year long debarment, and offered hope to other contractors that might find themselves facing exclusion from federal contracts and programs.  Read More



Rep. Michael McCaul, (R-Texas), introduced the DHS Authorization Act of 2017 on June 8, in hopes of helping the agency navigate complex oversight from Capitol Hill. This past week the House of Representatives passed "The DHS Authorization Act of 2017" (H.R. 2825) with a vote of 386 to 41, marking the first time the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been reauthorized since its official authorization since 2002.  Read More



A judge ruled that Google does not have to hand over some of the data that the Department of Labor had requested as part of an OFCPP investigation into whether the internet search giant had engaged in gender pay discrimination.  Read More



In April, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American (EO), with agencies acting recently to being implementation. Section 3 of the EO requires the heads of all federal agencies to, among other things: (i) assess the monitoring of, enforcement of, implementation of, and compliance with Buy American laws within their agencies; (ii) assess the use of BAA waivers within their agencies; and (iii) develop and propose policies to ensure federal funds maximize the use of materials produced in the United States. It also ordered the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issues guidance to agencies about how to comply with their obligations.  Read More



According to a recent Washington Post report, changes to Pentagon policy may be used to achieve some "Buy American" initiatives being called for by the Trump administration, in particular pushing foreign firms out of their supply chain.  Read More



In years past, July has meant preparation for the annual EEO-1 Report filing for many contractors and employers. Until this year, covered employers were required to file their reports no later than September 30, and the data submitted had to be from any pay period in July, August, or September.  Read More



One concern, among the many raised in response to the Trump administration's proposal to merge the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is relevant to the contracting community -- the possibility that the administrative process for banning a company from federal contracts could become politicized at the EEOC.  Read More



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