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 […]

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 […]

Labor Dept. Sets Forth New Requirements for Government Contractors

By Carol L. O’Riordan In late August 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor issued final rules that will have an effect on affirmative action obligations for all federal contractors and subcontractors in two areas: the recruitment, employment, promotion, training, and accommodation of (1) individuals with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 503, and (2) identified […]

New Rule Will Help Small Businesses Get Fair Share of Subcontracts

For many federal government contracts, the prime contractor is required by law to certify that it has included small businesses in its subcontracting plan. But what happens when the contract work begins and ends, and the small business subcontractor doesn’t actually have the opportunity to be involved in the work? On August 15, a new […]