On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued updated guidelines for all grants and awards issued by the federal government. The objective was to make the management of the grants and awards easier for both the government and the recipients. There was considerable variations from agency to agency for award documents (containing terms, conditions, standards, and so forth). In addition, within the Department of Defense (DoD), there was considerable variation from component to component so that similar awards for similar projects might have significant differences depending upon whether the award was made by the Army or the Navy. In some cases, the administrative differences might even vary depending upon which command with the Army issued the award. (The last time the system had been addressed was in the 1990s.)
In 2017, government contractors must comply with two new requirements for their employees: an increased minimum wage rate and paid sick leave.
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).