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Lowest bidder doesn’t always win

In the 1998 movie Armageddon, oil drillers are launched into space to destroy a Texas-sized asteroid hurtling toward Earth. Their special skills are needed to drill a hole into the asteroid to plant a nuclear device that will destroy the asteroid and save Earth. Before they are launched into space, one of the drillers wryly remarks: “You know we’re sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon, and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?”

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Proposed FAR rule about prohibiting whistleblowing through non-disclosure agreements

On January 22, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FARC) published a proposed rule about contractor and subcontractor whistleblowers.

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Review and update your affirmative action plan

If you are a government contractor that operates on a calendar-year basis (January 1 to December 31), don’t forget to review and update your affirmative action plan (AAP).

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New minimum wage for Federal government contractors goes into effect on January 1, 2016

The U.S. Secretary of Labor has announced that the new minimum wage applicable to most employees of Federal government contractors is $10.15. The new minimum wage rate becomes effective on January 1, 2016.

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Final rule issued about pay transparency for government contractors

On September 11, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a final rule that prevents government contractors from having pay secrecy or confidentiality policies. Specifically, the rule prohibits discharging or otherwise discriminating against an employee or applicant because the employee or applicant inquired about, discussed, or disclosed the compensation of the employee or any other employee. But the rule allows contractors to require human resources personnel (who have access to employee compensation information as part of their job responsibilities) to keep such compensation information confidential.

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