Rule Updated on Whistleblower-Related Legal Costs
In June 2013, Cherry Bekaert notified you of coming changes to whistleblower protection laws for government contractors. Subcontractors were being given protection under whistleblower laws, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was amended at that time to generally not allow legal fees or other expenses related to whistleblower protection claims. This past July, multiple government agencies, the Department of Defense (“DoD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”), finalized a rule to update FAR cost principle 31.205-47, related to the allowability of legal costs. The change implements a section of the National Defense Authorization Act 2013. Read More.
Topics: Department of Defense "DoD", False Claims Act, Federal Acquisition Regulation "FAR", General Services Administration "GSA", Government Contractors, Legal Costs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration "NASA", National Defense Authorization Act 2013, Whistleblower
GSA Leading the Charge for Reusing and Recycling Electronics
The General Services Administration (“GSA”) is reviewing comments on proposed regulations to reuse and recycle electronics. The proposed regulations identify a variety of methods for disposing of functional and nonfunctional electronics owned by federal agencies. Besides the obvious options of reusing them within the agency, transferring them to other agencies, or recycling them with certified recyclers, another option, which GSA has already begun using, is manufacturer take-back programs. The manufacturer take-back programs allow federal agencies to return used electronics to the original seller. In April 2014, Kevin Kampschroer, Deputy Senior Sustainability Official for GSA, reported to a Congressional committee on. Read More.
Topics: Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool "EPEAT", Electronics, Environmental Protections Agency "EPA", Federal Agencies, General Services Administration "GSA", Manufacturer Take-Back Programs, Recycle, Sustainability
GSA Cutting Non-Compliant Vendors from Contract Schedules
With an ever-tightening budget, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) is continuously looking for cost-saving measures. Its latest means of cutting costs involves removing non-compliant vendors from the GSA schedule contracts. The most recent GSA schedule contract to be reviewed was the Information Technology (IT) Schedule, Schedule 70. In 2012, GSA announced that it would begin reviewing its procedures for granting contracts or renewing contracts for schedule holders, as well as begin moving to a demand-based model, where schedules that are oversaturated with vendors would be closed to new companies, or outdated special item numbers (SIN) would be removed. The hope. Read More.