Government Contracts

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

OFCCP has officially opened its annual online Contractor Portal by way of which covered federal contractors must certify their compliance with the agency’s AAP requirements. Certifications must be completed by July 1, 2024.

Monday, April 8, 2024

CWC has filed written comments with federal procurement agencies on a proposed new regulation covering federal contractors that would impose a salary history ban, a compensation disclosure requirement, and an employee notice requirement.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. Just three years after requiring federal construction contractors to submit detailed information to OFCCP with regard to meeting their nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations, OFCCP now wants them to submit eve

Thursday, February 1, 2024

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. Two years after President Biden issued an Executive Order calling for pay transparency in federal contracting, the government’s lead procurement agencies have proposed regulations that would require contractors among other

Monday, January 8, 2024

The entity that coordinates federal procurement policy has issued a final rule implementing a 2022 Executive Order issued by President Biden that essentially mandates the use of union labor on major federal construction projects.

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

The Department of Labor has issued a final rule reinstating a policy implemented during the Obama Administration and rescinded by the Trump Administration that requires a successor contractor covered by the federal Service Contract Act to offer emplo

Monday, October 9, 2023

The minimum wage rate on certain government contracts subject to coverage under separate Executive Orders issued by Presidents Obama and Biden will increase on January 1, 2024.

Monday, September 11, 2023

A new law enacted by Congress late last year entitled the “No TikTok on Government Devices Act” has compliance implications for federal contractors. Our memo explains.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

President Biden has issued an Executive Order officially rescinding the federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate, effective May 12, 2023.

Monday, May 1, 2023

The Ninth Circuit, contrary to decisions issued by three other federal appeals courts, has ruled that President Biden acted within his authority under the federal Procurement Act in issuing a 2021 Executive Order requiring federal contractors to ensu

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

The federal appeals court rejected a novel claim brought by a group of employees working for a government contractor that the company’s denial of their religious exemption request from a COVID-19 vaccine mandate was a violation of their Constitutiona

Monday, April 3, 2023

Two influential Republican members of Congress have written to the Biden Administration expressing concern that its “labor advisor” program smacks of the controversial Obama-era “blacklisting” rule that was shut down by Congress before it ever went i

Monday, January 23, 2023

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. In a continuing sign that the Biden Administration believes a company’s labor law compliance should be taken into account in awarding federal contracts, it has instructed the major federal contracting agencies to designate

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Another federal appeals court has concluded that President Biden exceeded his authority in issuing a September 2021 Executive Order that required employees working on covered government contracts to be vaccinated against COVID-19. That Order was neve

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

As we predicted, the final version of the “must-pass” National Defense Authorization Act approved by Congress earlier this month stripped out most of the labor union wish list provisions that the House of Representatives loaded into its version of th

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

As expected, OFCCP has informed federal contractors that they must begin using the EEOC’s new “Know Your Rights” poster to replace the familiar “EEO is the Law” poster and poster supplement that contractors have been using for years to meet OFCCP pos

Monday, October 10, 2022

Two different Presidential Executive Orders set a higher minimum wage rate on certain government contracts depending on when the contract was executed. Pursuant to an escalator clause contained in each E.O., the minimum wage rate under each will incr

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Calls we’ve received from some of our members lately indicate that there may be some confusion out there among agency contracting officers regarding OFCCP’s “Pre-Award Registry.” Our memo explains what the Registry is and how it is designed to be use

Monday, September 26, 2022

OFCCP has received approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget to continue its Functional Affirmative Action Program option for another three years. The program as extended contains some welcome improvements that may encourage great

Thursday, September 15, 2022

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards has published a proposal that would require an employer covered by obligations to disclose certain expenditures related to union organizing activity to indicate wh

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

OFCCP has officially launched its new online Notification of Construction Contract Award Portal as the preferred, albeit optional, way for covered federal construction contractors to meet their obligation to notify the agency of certain subcontract a

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

A federal appeals court has narrowed a nationwide injunction that prevented the Biden Administration from enforcing its controversial federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate. That said, there are no signs that the administration intends to move f

Monday, August 8, 2022

One of the very few so-called must-pass bills that Congress enacts every year is the National Defense Authorization Act, the annual measure that authorizes national defense spending. Knowing it’s a must pass bill, House Democrats added a slew of unio

Monday, March 28, 2022

CWC’s comments to the Department of Agriculture urge the agency to withdraw a proposed rule that would allow USDA to deny government contracts to a company based on USDA’s assessment of the company’s labor law compliance.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to revise its procurement rules to take into consideration a prospective contractor’s labor law compliance before awarding a contract. The proposal is similar to the “blacklisting” proposal that USDA pu

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