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 […]

VA Tries to Improve Qualification Process for Contract Preferences

By Carol L. O’Riordan Last March, we took note of an effort by the Veterans Administration to simplify its process for qualifying businesses as veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs). We noted that without the need for congressional action, the VA was permitting applicants to correct minor issues in their applications without courting an automatic denial of […]

D.C.-Area Company Is Stripped of “HUBZone” Designation by SBA

While we support the various programs for granting preferences in federal contracting to companies in traditionally disadvantaged groups such as women, minorities, and disabled veterans, it is also critical that potential contractors not abuse the preferences that Congress has granted. Although this type of abuse is not nearly as common as some in the media […]

Bill Would Open New Opportunities for Small Business Contracting

Right now, if a federal agency brings in a subcontractor to a project that itself subcontracts to another company, all the dollars that flow to that second-tier subcontractor, if it’s a small business, are able to “count” against the agency’s goal of contracting with small businesses. And that’s how it should be. However, the prime […]