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On March 31, 2015, the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (“ISDC”) released its report to Congress detailing federal suspensions and debarment actions for fiscal year 2014. From 2013 to 2014, federal agencies in aggregate increased their use of exclusion actions. The number of persons and entities proposed for debarments jumped from 2,229 to 2,241, and suspensions increased from 887 to 1,009. Even after considering the ISDC’s counting conventions, the numbers show an upward trend in…
On March 24, 2014, the Department of Labor’s revised Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (“VEVRAA”) regulations take effect. Among various changes to the existing rules found at 41 C.F.R. Part 60-300, including establishing veteran hiring benchmarks, posting open jobs, and collecting quantitative recruiting data, federal government contractors with covered prime contracts will now be required to implement specific, mandated flowdown language when incorporating VEVRAA’s equal opportunity clause; merely referencing the equal…
Back in February 2012, the Obama Administration asked Congress to reform the current reimbursement formula for federal government contractor executives. Specifically, President Obama sought to cap the executive reimbursement at the same level as what the government pays its own executives – $200,000 per executive. Although last year’s request may have fallen on deaf ears, more than a year later, debate over reimbursement for executive compensation remains a hot topic. The White House is…
This post was written by Steven D. Tibbets and Lorraine M. Campos. There is a long history of federal court cases distinguishing which items of information that contractors disclose to the Government may be obtained by the public and which items may not. Currently, there is much debate regarding how well the relatively new Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System accomplishes the goal of providing public access to contractor responsibility information. On a related…
This post was also written by Joelle E.K. Laszlo. It has been called “a steaming pile,” posited as “the worst government website . . . ever seen,” and emblazoned with two giant red thumbs pointed downward. And those were the reviews of its proponents. Just a handful of weeks after much of its content it became publicly available, the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (“FAPIIS”) looks like a database only a…