Lessons to Learn From Still-Unfolding Navy Contract Scandal

By Carol L. O’Riordan In late January, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced that his Oversight and Government Reform Committee has opened an investigation into a still-unfolding U.S. Navy contracting scandal involving allegations involving sex and bribery. The scandal centers upon Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a Singapore-based firm that resupplied and serviced Navy vessels throughout Asia. […]

SBA Plans Major Changes in HUBZone Program

By Pamela J. Bethel This is the third blog post in our series about new federal regulatory initiatives that are on tap for the  first half of 2014. Last May, in an action that was somewhat embarrassing to the Small Business Administration, that agency made a decision to strip D.C.-based Strong Castle Inc. of its […]

CFPB Needs to Begin Rulemaking on Data-Gathering for Credit Applications

By Pamela J. Bethel This is the third blog post in our series about new federal regulatory initiatives in the first half of 2014. Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, one of the lesser-known sections of that broad and extensive statute, requires financial institutions to report information concerning credit […]

SEC Set to Create New Rules on ‘Crowdfunding’

This is the second blog post in our series about new federal regulatory initiatives in the first half of 2014. The U S. Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will help implement a new law that permits “crowdfunding” on a limited basis for the sale of securities. Under Title […]

A New Way of Looking at Small-Business Percentages Under Federal Program

Previously, we wrote about changes in the federal contracting small business set-aside program under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. These changes, which are still being placed in final form by the Small Business Administration, affect the percentage of work under a contract that a small business must perform itself rather than subcontract out. […]

Agencies Set to Plan Regulatory Changes in 2014

Corporate Counsel magazine recently reported  that 24 federal agencies and departments have released their regulatory “to-do lists” for the first half of 2014. For example, the magazine reports, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is planning to begin working on Dodd–Frank reporting rules for financial institutions that receive credit applications from female- or minority-owned businesses. All […]

New Labor Dept. Rule Tries to Enhance Hiring of Vietnam-Era Veterans – Part 2

By Carol L. O’Riordan In our last post, we discussed new Labor Department regulations that encourage the hiring and promotion of Vietnam-era and other veterans. In addition to the issues discussed in that post, it’s noteworthy that the new regulations mandate yearly documentation of contractor efforts to recruit and hire protected veterans. A contractor is […]

New Labor Dept. Rule Tries to Enhance Hiring of Vietnam-Era Veterans

By Carol L. O’Riordan On August 27, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a final rule intended to beef up the provisions of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) that promote affirmative action for certain categories of veterans in hiring and promotion by […]