Contracting

Trump’s Big Border Wall Is Now a Pile of Rusting Steel

Worth at least a quarter billion dollars, the steel bollards are a relic of the Trump era.

Agencies Are Getting Better at Using the Defense Production Act for Pandemic Response

A watchdog report shows progress just as the Biden administration plans to increase reliance on the law to combat the omicron variant.

GovExec Daily: The State of the Contractor Vaccine Mandate

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss the state of play and the injunction.

Lawsuit Challenges Biden’s Contractor Minimum Wage Regulation

The rule is “an executive power grab to force a social agenda through federal contractors,” said the legal team.

Judge Suspends Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Nationwide

This follows a preliminary injunction for three states last week. 

The Federal Government Is Making a New Investment in Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration is elevating its Office of Women’s Business Ownership to report directly to the SBA administrator, raising its profile and power.

What Does the Partial Blocking of the Contractor Vaccine Mandate Mean? 

Overall, this has been a “very, very complicated area,” said one contracting expert. 

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Contractor Vaccine Mandate in Three States 

“This is not a case about whether vaccines are effective. They are,” wrote the judge. 

Infrastructure Package Furthers Made-in-America Efforts

Also, the Office of Management and Budget has started making public the waivers to domestic preference laws.

New Executive Order Seeks to Reduce Worker Turnover on Service Contracts 

This is one of several efforts by the Biden administration to use federal procurement and contracting to advance equity and its other priorities. 

Diversity in Government Digital Services a Win-Win

Investing in minority- and women-owned small companies is a smart choice for both agencies and the customers they serve.

White House Clarifies Contractor Vaccination Deadline

GSA launched a tracker this week to monitor compliance with the mandate.

$1.2T Infrastructure Plan Offers Lucrative Target for Fraud

Research shows there are ways to fight fraud, but the bill contains very little language aimed at doing so.

Labor Department Works to Rescind ‘Problematic’ Contractor Rule

The Trump-era rule clarified religious protections for federal contractors, which many critics argued would allow for discrimination.