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Federal contractors have to pay higher minimum wage in 2018

On September 15, 2017, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor announced the new minimum wage rate that government contractors will have to pay in 2018: $10.35 an hour. This is an increase from the current rate of $10.20 an hour.

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Careful adherence to deadline critical to success of bid protest

Once again, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has affirmed a fundamental principle for successful bid protesting: Pay attention to and comply with the deadlines required by the process.

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Bid protest succeeds because agency failed to properly document evaluation

In a bid protest filed by Swets Information Services (B-410078, Oct. 20, 2014), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained a protest based upon inadequate documentation of the agency’s evaluation. However, the agency denied the protest on other grounds, including protester’s challenge that the agency’s past-performance evaluation was erroneous, because the protester failed to show it was prejudiced as a result of the alleged error.

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