FAR Council issues proposed rule on semiconductor supply chain management

Posted on May 9, 2024
A lot of attention has been paid in recent years to semiconductors, tiny electronic parts that power everything from consumer electronics and automobiles to critical infrastructure and advanced military systems.  Most prominently, the CHIPS and Science Act, which President Biden signed into law in August 2022, appropriated nearly $52 billion to boost semiconductor research...
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The Looming Government Shutdown – How Will it Affect Government Contractors?

If Congress cannot pass a new funding plan by October 1, 2023 (the start of the federal fiscal year), the Government will “shut down” financially at 12:01 A.M. and that shut-down will last until Congress signs a new funding bill into law. The question is—what do you do as a government contractor when faced...
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SBA 8(a) Applications Are Currently on Hold Due to Recent Federal Court Decision

Posted on August 11, 2023
Applications for the Small Business Administration (“SBA”)’s 8(a) program are currently on hold as the SBA develops its response to a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (the “district court”) finding one element of the program unconstitutional.  The district court’s decision is somewhat old news, at least in...
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The Biden Administration is Ending the Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors

On May 1, 2023, the Biden Administration announced that it will be ending the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for “Federal employees, Federal Contractors, and international air travelers.” This will likely bring an end to a months-long period of litigation and confusion for Federal Contractors. In September 2021, President Biden had issued Executive Order 14042 which...
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Two more strikes and your EEO-1 Type 2 data may be out!

Last chance for Federal Contractors to object to the release of their EEO-1 Reports by OFCCP in response to the Center of Investigative Reporting’s FOIA request. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (“OFCCP”) is giving federal contractors two last chances to respond to its August 19, 2022 Federal Register Notice calling for objections...
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Managing Inflation in Government Contracts

With inflation surging to the highest level in over 40 years, there is heightened focus on how to equitably balance risk between the government and the contractor.  This is particularly a concern when it comes to fixed-price contracts, where contractors generally bear the risk of cost increases, including inflation. Unless the contract states otherwise,...
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