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Flurry of new procurement rules issued before end of federal fiscal year

On September 30, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued ten amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Nine were final rules, and one was an interim rule. Many of the final rules are the final version of interim rules.

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Government contractors must comply with two new employment rules on January 1, 2017

In 2017, government contractors must comply with two new requirements for their employees: an increased minimum wage rate and paid sick leave.

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Fair pay and safe workplaces rule becomes effective on October 25

See this update to this post.

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SBA expands mentor-protégé program

On August 24, 2016, the new rule establishing an expanded mentor-protégé program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) took effect. Formerly, the mentor-protégé program was limited to participants in the SBA 8(a) program, which is only available to businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. The new program expands the mentor-protégé program to—

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Mistakes are now more expensive

For many government contractors, their biggest fear may be being debarred from seeking government contracts. One common cause of debarment is a contractor’s failure to abide by the myriads of government rules and regulations involved in government contracting. But the government realizes that every contractor may make an occasional mistake or employ a bad-apple employee. So rather than always resorting to debarment, seeking reimbursement, or criminal prosecution, the government may assess a civil penalty.

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