Centre Sponsoring and Speaking at Javits-Wagner-O’Day Legal Symposium

Sep 28, 2018

Centre Law & Consulting will be participating on several panels at the inaugural Javits-Wagner-O’Day Legal Symposium this October! We are excited to be part of this vital event that covers the legal complexities, challenges, and future of the AbilityOne Program. Stop by our table during the luncheon. Melwood, alongside several other nonprofits in the AbilityOne Program, areorganizing the2018… Read more »


When Set Asides Collide! – Kingdomware & the ‘Rule of 2’ vs. JWOD

Sep 27, 2018

By David Warner, “When Set Asides Collide!” Federal Circuit To Determine Precedence Of Kingdomware’s “Rule of Two” And Mandatory Procurements Under Javits-Wagner-O’Day Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit heard oral argument in the matter of PDS Consultants, Inc. v. United States, App. No. 2017-2379, to determine whether statutory programs favoring veterans in procurements from the U.S…. Read more »


Federal Circuit Reinforces Government Preference for Commercial Items

Sep 20, 2018

By Heather Mims, On September 13, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the Army acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it failed to buy commercially available products whenever possible or, in terms of the statute at issue, to the maximum extent practicable. This litigation began when Palantir USG, Inc…. Read more »


DOL Releases New Opinion Letters Expanding FLSA Exemptions

Sep 6, 2018

By Tyler Freiberger, Following a nine-year gap, in January 2018 the Department of Labor (DOL) again began releasing voluntary opinion letters in response to common or unique questions. The initial batch of released letters only reinstated opinions from 2009 that had been withdrawn for “further consideration.” So the two letters released in April of this… Read more »


OFCCP Issues New Policy Directives

Aug 30, 2018

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM On August 10, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued two directives. OFCCP directives provide guidance to OFCCP staff, Federal contractors (and subcontractors) on enforcement and compliance policy or procedures. These directives do not change the laws and regulations governing OFCCP programs and do not establish any legally enforceable… Read more »


Dear Pentagon: $10 Billion is Plenty to Share

Aug 23, 2018

By Barbara Kinosky, The Pentagon is in quite the tussle with tech giant, Oracle – who filed a pre-award protest challenging the DoD’s single-award approach on the much anticipated $10 billion cloud computing contract. This massive contract called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, cleverly abbreviated as JEDI, is causing a lot of hoopla in the… Read more »


What Government Contractors Need to Know About the 2019 NDAA

Aug 16, 2018

By Heather Mims, On August 13, 2018, President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (2019 NDAA), which sets funding levels and outlines policy priorities for the Department of Defense (DoD). The 2019 NDAA allocated $616.9 billion for the DoD’s base budget, $69 billion for overseas contingency operations funding, $8.9 billion for… Read more »


Contractors: Think Your Government Doesn’t Care? — Think Again!

Aug 9, 2018

By Wayne Simpson, CFCM, CSCM Proposed Rule seeks public’s input, especially from government contractors. The government has on occasion been accused of treating offerors and contractors unfairly, if not downright poorly.  Perhaps from time to time you even perceive being treated unfairly in the conduct of a procurement.  Sadly, we hear this all the time. … Read more »


More Changes to SAM: GSA Updates SAM Log-in Process

Aug 2, 2018

By Maureen Jamieson, Many companies were caught by surprise when they attempted to log into the System for Award Management (SAM) on or after June 11, 2018, and read the alert: Entities registering in SAM must submit a notarized letter appointing their authorized Entity Administrator. Some companies discovered that they were no longer active in SAM due… Read more »