Contracting

The White House Will Require Agency Labor Advisors to Oversee Federal Contractors

Following through on a recommendation from a White House task force on empowering workers, administration officials said the 24 largest agencies must designate labor advisors, and strongly encouraged smaller agencies to do the same.

5 States Challenged the Federal Contractor Wage Increase and Lost

But this may not be the end of the dispute, which stems from an April 2021 executive order.

Inflation Costs Present Both Barrier, Opportunity For Contractors In 2023

With a fiscal 2023 federal budget in-hand, contractors face both the prospect of a robust year and countervailing cost trends, Deltek says. 

4 Things for Contractors to Watch on Capitol Hill Now and into 2023

Professional Services Council president and CEO David Berteau rates the chances of Congress passing a fiscal 2023 appropriations package and looks at and the possible fallout of the midterm elections on contract spending.

Contractors’ Reluctance to Work With the Pentagon on Cybersecurity Is Leaving Vulnerabilities, DOD Official Says

Just 1% of defense firms use DOD’s free network-security services, acting principal deputy CIO says.

Here’s What the Contracting Community Thinks of the New Proposed Rule on Climate Reporting  

The proposed rule is part of the Biden administration’s larger environmental agenda, but it comes with costs for contractors. 

Biden to Federal Contractors: Make Plans to Cut Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Companies supplying the largest buyer of goods on the planet could soon have to get in line with the Paris Agreement.

Artemis Launch Delay Is the Latest of Many NASA Scrubs and Comes from Hard Lessons on Crew Safety

After its fourth delay, the Artemis 1 launch is now scheduled for Nov. 16, 2022. NASA has a history of missing launch deadlines, but the private sector is slowly making launches more reliable.

Here’s One Way to Help the Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity Succeed

Minority entrepreneurs would benefit from tools, mentorship and peer support to navigate the complex world of federal procurements. 

GovExec Daily: The Space Industry's Workforce and Financial Outlook

Space Foundation's Richard Cooper joins the podcast to discuss the state of worldwide space industry.

GovExec Daily: The State of the Contractor Vaccine Mandate

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss what comes next after the injunction was lifted.

Biden's Push to Use Federal Spending to Support American Manufacturing Takes Effect

One OMB official says the new Made in America contracting rule is a “key part of the administration’s strategic approach to leveraging federal purchasing power to invest in American industry and all of America’s workers."

Agencies Must Do More to Protect Their Canine Workforce from Abuse and Neglect, GAO Says

Although federal agencies and contractors have policies covering most elements of ensuring working dogs are employed and cared for humanely, they fall short on several issues, including identifying signs of abuse and neglect.