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Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama Policy Regarding Hiring Options For Some Contractors

November 08, 2019

President Trump and his administration announced Thursday that an Obama era policy would be coming to an end. The executive order titled; “Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts” required service contractors taking over government work from a previous company to offer nonmanagerial employees the option to continue working their jobs before hiring new employees. […]

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The Senate Sees Success and Struggle While Deciding on Budgets

November 05, 2019

Last month, the Senate saw its first success in voting on the budget when it passed bipartisan bills for the funding of the Agriculture, Transportation, and Interior Agencies. However, this success was short-lived when it came to the next vote involving President Trump’s border wall. This vote involved budgets for the border wall, health care, […]

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WaPo: Seeking an edge over geopolitical rivals, Pentagon exploits an obscure regulatory workaround

October 23, 2019

The Pentagon has been using a loophole to sidestep federal acquisition rules that are typically required when government agencies make large purchases. Using Other Transaction Authority agreements (OTAs), defense agencies are able to use non-traditional defense contracts and purchase weapons/other defense materials quicker. This loophole is being utilized in the hopes that the U.S. military […]

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Two New Executive Orders Affecting Agency Guidance Documents

October 21, 2019

President Trump signed two executive orders on October 9, 2019 that aim to limit the impact and use of agency guidance documents. Guidance documents are used by federal agencies to clarify statutory and/or regulatory obligations. Under these new orders, guidance documents are required to be located on easily searchable websites so that the individuals who […]

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DoD Releases Final Rule on DFARS Amendments

October 18, 2019

The Department of Defense (DoD) released the final rule on amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) on October 1st. Sections of the National Defense Authorization Acts were adopted in 2017 and 2018 to establish limitations to the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) in the source selection process. The DoD is now implementing these […]

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