Archive for August, 2018

GSA Opens Bid For New Contractor Validation Deal

Friday, August 31st, 2018

The U.S. General Services Administration on Friday called for proposals to provide federal contractor validation services, marking a potential shift away from its decades-long relationship with Dun and Bradstreet Inc. and the company’s proprietary DUNS numbers.

The GSA has released a request for proposal, or RFP, for government-wide entity validation services, it announced Friday. Those services are meant to protect federal spending by validating the entities the government does business with — or provides grant money to — to ensure that they are who they say they are and that federal payments go to the correct recipient.

“This procurement will ensure individual agencies don’t have to separately contract for entity validation services but will instead receive the service by way of,” the GSA said.

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IRS Not Immune To Monetary Damages, 9th Circ. Finds

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

The Ninth Circuit opened the door for awarding damages to an Oregon couple who said they suffered emotional distress when the IRS unlawfully sent them collection notices after they had filed for bankruptcy, ruling Thursday that the government had waived immunity to such damages.

A Ninth Circuit panel found the IRS caused real harm to an Oregon couple in unlawfully sending them collection notices after they had filed for bankruptcy.

Jonathan and Cheryl Hunsaker had appealed to the circuit court after an Oregon district court ruled in October 2016 that the federal government could not be held liable for the stress they claimed to have suffered upon receiving the IRS’ collection notices and a threat to impose a levy on their Social Security benefits.

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New DOL Directive Will Make Pay Audits More Predictable

Friday, August 24th, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor office that monitors federal contractors for violations of equal pay laws on Friday told its investigators to analyze compensation data largely on employers’ terms, ditching an Obama-era directive that gave them more freedom to tailor audits.

Directive 2018-05 instructs investigators with the DOL‘s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs to analyze contractors’ workforces by groupings that “mirror [the] contractor’s compensation system,” which the OFCCP on Friday said will help businesses follow the law without its intervention.

“Facilitating proactive compliance is an important component in achieving” the OFCCP‘s goal of doing away with unfair pay gaps among workers at federal contractors, the agency said. “This new directive will support the agency’s efforts to eliminate pay discrimination through both enforcement and compliance,” it said.

The new guidance replaces a 2013 memo known as Directive 307. That guidance was not popular with attorneys for government contractors, who said their clients struggled to discern how OFCCP would view their pay practices because it didn’t give them a consistent rubric for self-audits.

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