Contracting

Contracting Groups Welcome Extension of Leave Provision in COVID Deal 

Language enacted in the CARES Act allowing agencies to give contractors sick or paid leave during the pandemic if they cannot access their worksites was extended until March 31, 2021.

Trump Administration Finalizes Rule to Protect Religion-Based Federal Contractors

It has “a grotesquely overbroad exemption” that could allow for discrimination, said one critic. 

Viewpoint: Don’t Abolish AbilityOne, Reform It

A recommendation by the National Council on Disability threatens 45,000 jobs for people with disabilities.

OMB Advises Agencies on Contractors’ Limiting Their Use of Foreign Workers

The agency issued a memo to supplement President Trump’s executive order in August. 

Records Show Trump’s Border Wall Is Costing Taxpayers Billions More Than Initial Contracts

As the presidential election nears, a review of federal spending data found modifications to contracts have increased the price of the border wall by billions, costing about five times more per mile than it did under previous administrations.

Trump Administration Requests Info on Contractor Diversity Training as Officials Seek to Clarify What’s Allowed

Federal officials now say at least some unconscious bias training is all right under a recent controversial executive order.

GovExec Daily: Building Supply Chain Resiliency at Agencies and Contractors

Deloitte's Melanie Rojas joins the show to discuss how systems can better handle a disruption like the pandemic.

Civilian Agency Contract Spending Reaches Record High in Fiscal 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic largely contributed to the increase, Bloomberg Government reported.

Can We Still Go to Mars?

The pandemic is making a journey to the red planet feel further away than ever.

GovExec Daily: NASA's New Space Toilet Project

Nextgov's Brandi Vincent joins the podcast to discuss the Universal Waste Management System.

Hotline is Open to Report Contractors’ Defiance of New EO on Diversity Training

The recent executive order bans certain employee diversity and inclusion training the White House considers divisive. 

GovExec Daily: How the U.S. Can Further Human Rights Through Procurement

NYU's Isabelle Glimcher joins the podcast to discuss how the federal government can further goals through contracting.

White House Expands Crackdown on Certain Diversity and Inclusion Training

President Trump signed an executive order that covers federal agencies, contractors, grantees and the military. 

Contractors Seek Clearer, Uniform Guidance for Returning to Offices

Lack of such guidance is a “huge hole” in the federal government’s pandemic response, industry group says. 

When Politics and Procurement Mix, The Effects Can Be Deadly

Important components of the pandemic response have bypassed essential rules and protocols, but the problems go beyond the current crisis.

Lawmakers Question HHS’ $250 Million Contract for Coronavirus Communications 

Democrats are concerned the Trump administration is using taxpayer funds for "political propaganda" ahead of the election.