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This past week the U.S. House of Representatives approved the bipartisan Change Order Transparency for Federal Contractors Act, H.R. 4754, introduced by U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), legislation designed to help small to medium-sized businesses plan by increasing transparency on federal construction projects.  Read More



Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told lawmakers during a Senate Appropriations committee hearing that the Department of Homeland Security is looking to extend a ban on Kaspersky Lab products to federal contractors and third-party providers, even considering the possibility of punishment for noncompliant companies.  Read More



The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has released information to clarify the methodology used for selecting supply and service contractors for compliance evaluations. The report details the various steps taken by OFCCP to identify all possible current federal contractors, then took the following steps to develop the list of contractors for possible compliance evaluations.  Read More



Except for one outlier, none of the largest federal contractors in the U.S. have fully implemented the top defense against email phishing and spoofing, according to research released by the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA).  Read More



According to a recent story in the Washington Post, the third largest federal contractor in the United States, General Dynamics, has been accused of underpaying a substantial amount of it's workers. "One of the country's largest federal contractors has been accused of underpaying about 10,000 workers who run help hotlines for public health insurance programs, including the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, by up to $100 million over the past five years, according to four complaints filed Monday to the Labor Department.  Read More




Former Congressman Ernest Istook

Former Congressman from the state of Oklahoma, Ernest Istook -- now a college professor, and Fellow at The Heritage Foundation -- wrote an opinion article in the Washington Examiner earlier this week, blaming agency inefficiencies under the current administration for the backlog of security clearances.  Read More




General Services Administration

Up to 70,000 federal contractors are being required to go to their local notary to get a special stamp on a letter to authenticate to the General Services Administration the vital details of their business, including who is the authorized “entity administrator associated with the DUNS number.”  Read More



The latest revelations about cybersecurity breaches hit right at the core of the government contracting community. At the end of March, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a notice that the System for Award Management (SAM), in which all federal contractors must register, had been compromised and a number of contractors have been put at risk of having their government payments diverted by the hackers.  Read More



The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced last week that, in order to deploy system enhancements, E-Verify would be unavailable this weekend, from midnight EDT Friday, March 23, until 8 a.m. EDT Monday, March 26. Despite the unavailability certain employer requirements, during the scheduled downtime must be satisfied.  Read More



Civil rights groups are suing the Trump administration for documents detailing its decision to terminate an Obama-era rule that would have required businesses to track how much they pay employees of different races and genders.  Read More



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