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.
Bob Dylan’s 1964 hit song “The Times They Are a-Changin’” is called to mind upon reading the OFCCP’s final rule about sex discrimination. (The OFCCP is the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the agency within the U.S. Department of Labor that enforces various anti-discrimination policies imposed on government contractors.)
On April 22, 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced proposed rule changes about award fees. The proposed changes are a result of the NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audit report, “NASA’s Use of Award Fee Contracts” (Report IG-14-003). The changes will be made in Parts 1816 and 1852 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).