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“The Frog That Roared?” Supreme Court’s Weyerhaeuser Co. Decision May Open The Door For Increased Scrutiny of Agency Decision-Making

Last week the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding an agency determination that certain lands were a “critical habitat” for the endangered dusky gopher frog and could not be developed. While some contemporaneous accounts of the oral arguments anticipated a likely split along ideological lines, the Court’s eventual decision was a unanimous one that overturned the lower courts’ affirmation of the agency’s actions. While th

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

GSA BREAKING NEWS – CONSOLIDATION OF 24 SCHEDULES INTO ONE SINGLE SCHEDULE

By Maureen Jamieson On November 27, 2018, GSA announced they will be consolidating their 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into one single Schedule for both products and services. The consolidated schedule will come with one set of terms and conditions. According to GSA, the reason for the consolidation is to make it easier and more efficient to do business with federal, state and local governments. When will the consolidation take place? According to Multiple Award Schedules Program Manageme

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

GSA BREAKING NEWS – CONSOLIDATION OF 24 SCHEDULES INTO ONE SINGLE SCHEDULE

By Maureen Jamieson On November 27, 2018, GSA announced they will be consolidating their 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into one single Schedule for both products and services. The consolidated schedule will come with one set of terms and conditions. According to GSA, the reason for the consolidation is to make it easier and more efficient to do business with federal, state and local governments. When will the consolidation take place? According to Multiple Award Schedules Program Manageme

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

GSA BREAKING NEWS – CONSOLIDATION OF 24 SCHEDULES INTO ONE SINGLE SCHEDULE

By Maureen Jamieson On November 27, 2018, GSA announced they will be consolidating their 24 Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into one single Schedule for both products and services. The consolidated schedule will come with one set of terms and conditions. According to GSA, the reason for the consolidation is to make it easier and more efficient to do business with federal, state and local governments. When will the consolidation take place? According to Multiple Award Schedules Program Manageme

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

The 116th Congress More Congressional Review Act Action?

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM In 2017 when the new administration entered office, and with both houses of Congress controlled by the same party in the 115th Congress, the Congressional Review Act of 1996 was used dozens of times in the first session of the 115th Congress to rescind Executive Orders, regulations, rules and policies issued by the previous administration.  As of June 2018, 17 public laws were enacted using this authority. Fast forward to the 116th Congress convening at Noon Easter

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

The 116th Congress More Congressional Review Act Action?

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM In 2017 when the new administration entered office, and with both houses of Congress controlled by the same party in the 115th Congress, the Congressional Review Act of 1996 was used dozens of times in the first session of the 115th Congress to rescind Executive Orders, regulations, rules and policies issued by the previous administration.  As of June 2018, 17 public laws were enacted using this authority. Fast forward to the 116th Congress convening at Noon Easter

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

The 116th Congress More Congressional Review Act Action?

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM In 2017 when the new administration entered office, and with both houses of Congress controlled by the same party in the 115th Congress, the Congressional Review Act of 1996 was used dozens of times in the first session of the 115th Congress to rescind Executive Orders, regulations, rules and policies issued by the previous administration.  As of June 2018, 17 public laws were enacted using this authority. Fast forward to the 116th Congress convening at Noon Easter

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

Are Federal Contractors Liable for Complying With the Drug-Free Work Place Act?

By Tyler Freiberger, While attitudes about Marijuana and state laws controlling the drug continue to shift toward recreational use, the common advice has been that most employers may still terminate employees for even medical use of the drug unless restricted in particular states. In fact, typically the rule has been that if you are a government contractor, you are required to prohibit its use by your employees. While many states have moved toward protecting medical, or even recreational use of

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Centre Law & Consulting

 

AND THE WINNER (SO FAR) IS VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS!

By Jack Delman We promised to keep you updated on the Federal Circuit’s disposition of a case addressing the collide between the Veterans Benefits, Health Care and Information Technology Act of 2006 (VBA) and the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act (JWOD) in procurements at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Each statute provides valuable award preferences to different disadvantaged small businesses, but which statute has priority? In Kingdomware Technologies., Inc. v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 1969

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

OTAs Are Totally, Completely, Amazingly, Revolutionizing Government Procurement. (Not)

By William Weisberg, Every year, the swallows return to Capistrano, the leaves change (at least here in Northern Virginia), and something comes along to revolutionize federal procurement.  LPTA procurements.  Data rights clauses.  FAR part 13. Fixed-price development contracts (if you are old enough to remember those pre-FAR days).  And now…” Other Transaction Authority” (“OTA”).  Avoid all of those pesky statutes and regulations and move FAST!  Sounds good? Sure.  What does it mean?  Read on.

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

Help! My GSA Contract is Suspended in eBuy and my Catalog/Pricelist has Disappeared

By JW Butler, An email with the subject line “GSA Advantage Catalog/Pricelist Removal Notice” followed by your contract number may cause many to panic, but not to worry, the solution is a simple one. The General Services Administration (GSA) requires that all GSA Schedule contract catalogs/pricelists be updated to ensure the accuracy of prices and catalog terms and conditions.  If a catalog/pricelist has not been updated within two years, you will receive an email with the above subject line. C

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Centre Law & Consulting

 

A Potential End to the Hate-Hate Relationship with LPTA

By Stephanie Fine, Esq. Good news for Federal contractors.  The recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will expand limitations on the use of the much-criticized Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) source selection that was previously imposed on the Department of Defense to now include civilian agencies. The LPTA procurement process requires source selection officials to choose the lowest price proposal that satisfies the minimum technical requirements without regard

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

Is the Federal Marketplace Ready for Amazon?

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM Once again Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is a headliner in the news.  On Monday, October 1st, Amazon announced beginning November 1stit is raising the minimum wage for all of its employees to $15 per hour, more than double the U.S. Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 per hour.  When managers at its fulfillment centers explained the raise to Amazon employees on Tuesday, many were angry, because as reported by Money on Thursday, October 4th, Amazon was elimin
 

Centre Sponsoring and Speaking at Javits-Wagner-O’Day Legal Symposium

Centre Law & Consulting will be participating on several panels at the inaugural Javits-Wagner-O’Day Legal Symposium this October! We are excited to be part of this vital event that covers the legal complexities, challenges, and future of the AbilityOne Program. Stop by our table during the luncheon. Melwood, alongside several other nonprofits in the AbilityOne Program, areorganizing the2018 Javits-Wagner-O’Day Legal Symposium, hosted by The George Washington University Law School. This Leg

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

When Set Asides Collide! – Kingdomware & the ‘Rule of 2’ vs. JWOD

By David Warner, “When Set Asides Collide!” Federal Circuit To Determine Precedence Of Kingdomware’s “Rule of Two” And Mandatory Procurements Under Javits-Wagner-O’Day Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit heard oral argumentin the matter of PDS Consultants, Inc. v. United States, App. No. 2017-2379, to determine whether statutory programs favoring veterans in procurements from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs take precedence over otherwise mandatory set asides for entities employing

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

Federal Circuit Reinforces Government Preference for Commercial Items

By Heather Mims, On September 13, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the Army acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it failed to buy commercially available products whenever possible or, in terms of the statute at issue, to the maximum extent practicable. This litigation began when Palantir USG, Inc. filed a pre-award bid protest in the Court of Federal Claims (although Palantir previously filed a pre-award bid protest with the GAO, which was denied).

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

New Minimum Hourly Wage Rates Announced For Federal Contractors & Subcontractors

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM New Hourly Rates Effective January 1, 2019 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced the new applicable minimum wage rates for workers performing work on or in connection with Federal contracts covered by Executive Order (E.O.) 13658. The new rates, effective January 1, 2019, are $10.60 per hour for covered contracts, and $7.40 per hour for tipped employees. The announcement was published in the September 4, 2018, edition of the Federal Regis

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

DOL Releases New Opinion Letters Expanding FLSA Exemptions

By Tyler Freiberger, Following a nine-year gap, in January 2018 the Department of Labor (DOL) again began releasing voluntary opinion letters in response to common or unique questions. The initial batch of released letters only reinstated opinions from 2009 that had been withdrawn for “further consideration.” So the two letters released in April of this year, and the four released last week, are the first original works of the Trump administration’s DOL’s policies. I’ll warn you now, none of t

Centre Law & Consulting

Centre Law & Consulting

 

OFCCP Issues New Policy Directives

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM On August 10, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued two directives. OFCCP directives provide guidance to OFCCP staff, Federal contractors (and subcontractors) on enforcement and compliance policy or procedures. These directives do not change the laws and regulations governing OFCCP programs and do not establish any legally enforceable rights or obligations. These directives will remain in force in anticipation of an addition to the
 

Dear Pentagon: $10 Billion is Plenty to Share

By Barbara Kinosky, The Pentagon is in quite the debacle with tech giant, Oracle – who filed a pre-award protest challenging the DoD’s single-award approach on the much anticipated $10 billion cloud computing contract. This massive contract called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, cleverly abbreviated as JEDI, is causing a lot of hoopla in the technology industry. Oracle’s protest is so far in advance of pre-award it is in a new category of “protest before contractors have even subm
 

What Government Contractors Need to Know About the 2019 NDAA

By Heather Mims, On August 13, 2018, President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (2019 NDAA), which sets funding levels and outlines policy priorities for the Department of Defense (DoD). The 2019 NDAA allocated $616.9 billion for the DoD’s base budget, $69 billion for overseas contingency operations funding, $8.9 billion for mandatory defense spending, and $21.9 billion for nuclear weapons programs under the Department of Energy. The funding levels are inter
 

Contractors: Think Your Government Doesn’t Care? — Think Again!

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM The government has on occasion been accused of treating offerors and contractors unfairly, if not downright poorly.  Perhaps from time to time you even perceive being treated unfairly in the conduct of a procurement.  Sadly, we hear this all the time.  But now the government is considering the potential benefits of obtaining voluntary feedback surveys from the vendor community on a regular basis. The Department of Defense (DoD), the General Services Administration
 

More Changes to SAM: GSA Updates SAM Log-in Process

By Maureen Jamieson, Many companies were caught by surprise when they attempted to log into the System for Award Management (SAM) on or after June 11, 2018, and read the alert: Entities registering in SAM must submit a notarized letter appointing their authorized Entity Administrator. Some companies discovered that they were no longer active in SAM due to the backlog of notarized letters awaiting approval. Effective June 29, 2018, SAM has a new log-in process. You must have a login.gov account
 

You Shall Not Lie: Manufacturer Pays $11.5 Million For Causing its Clients to Make False Statements

By Tyler Freiberger At Centre, we are often asked to advise on a number of compliance issues contractors face. While GSA schedule compliance, Trade Agreement Act certification, or Service Contract Act employment issues all raise eyebrows, one law rules them all – The False Claims Act (FCA).  Compliance with the FCA can be rather simple according to a recent statement by the Justice Department. “The basic legal rule in this area could be mastered by a third-grader:  Don’t lie.” – U.S. Attorney J
 

VETS-4212 Reporting Requirement Approaching

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM Federal Contractor and Subcontractor Labor Reporting Requirements Under the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) VEVRAA requires Federal contractors and subcontractors covered by the Act’s affirmative action provisions to report annually to the Secretary of Labor the number of employees in their workforces, by job category and hiring location, who are qualified covered veterans.  VEVRAA also requires Federal contractors and subcontractors to re
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