Happy new year, Readers! After a very mild start to our Winter season we are experiencing frigid temperatures here in the Midwest to start off 2022. As old man winter makes his arrival we are very grateful to live and work in a climate controlled environment. Thank goodness for heat and warm coats!
There was a lot of news in federal government contracting this week, including trends and marketing info in the new year, cyber security and workforce initiative provisions from the recently signed 2022 NDAA, and a FAR clarification on the commercial item definition.
Happy Holidays, Readers! We hope you have been enjoying this holiday season with friends and family while staying safe and healthy. Since many of you (and folks in our office) are taking some time off this holiday season, we’re bringing you two weeks in review for the end the year. Thank you so much for your support of SmallGovCon and stay tuned for more informative blogs in 2022.
The world of federal government contracting is continuing to be very active as we approach the end of 2021. Here are a few articles from the past two weeks with some notable news and announcements, including some roundups of what contractors faced this year and how the pandemic affected the industrial base.
Happy Friday and Happy Halloween! As always, there was a lot of news in the federal government contracting world this week including an announcement from the SBA concerning a new community navigator pilot program which will provide $100 million in funding to 51 organizations to help support local community entrepreneurs. Also, the GSA announced it will be making revisions to its commercial platform initiative. You can read more about these and other federal government contracting related topics in the articles below.
The Department of Labor annually increases the minimum wage for federal contractor employees in accordance with Executive Order 13658. It recently noticed, via the Federal Register, that the 2020 minimum wage for most of these employees will increase from $10.60 to $10.80. For tipped employees, the cash wage will increase from $7.40 to $7.55.
The government can terminate a contract when the Department of Labor has made a preliminary finding of non-compliance with the Service Contract Act, even if the contractor has not exhausted its remedies fighting or appealing the finding.
The 3-0 (unanimous) decision by the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in Puget Sound Environmental Corp., ASBCA No. 58828 (July 12, 2016) is troubling because it could result in other contractors losing their contracts based on preliminary DOL findings–perhaps even if those preliminary findings are later overturned.