All Things Labor – By Barbara Kinosky, Esq.

Sep 25, 2014

It’s been a busy summer following all the Executive Orders.  Here’s the quick read summary for all you busy multi-taskers.  I close this blog with a wage and hour case in the news.  Let’s go: EO 13673 – Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces EO What?  Requires contractors to report labor violations and notify workers of… Read more »

GAO Reviews Subcontracting Under 8(a) Contracts – By Barbara S. Kinosky, Esq.

Sep 18, 2014

Continued Noncompliance with 8(a) Subcontracting Limitations The Government Accountability Office (GAO) just released a second report on 8(a) compliance with subcontracting limitations.   The report examined the extent to which 8(a) companies and contracting officers monitor compliance to ensure the 8(a) contractor is performing the requisite amount of work.  The report states: Similar to prior GAO… Read more »

David Frankel Wants His Prize Money – By Barbara S. Kinosky, Esq.

Sep 4, 2014

David Frankel entered a contest sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission.  Had he won, the story would end here, but Mr. Frankel did not win.  So, he did what seems to be every American’s way of correcting a wrong:  he sued.  Frankel, now known as the Plaintiff at the Court of Federal Claims, alleged that… Read more »

Centre Instructor Honored with Commander’s Coin

Aug 20, 2014

One of our top instructors was recently honored with a prestigious award and Commander’s coin. The Commanding Officer of a major Marine base presented the instructor with the coin and Certificate of Appreciation for providing excellent acquisition training. The award praised the instructor’s professionalism and expertise while teaching Effective Writing for Acquisition and noted the… Read more »

Updates to Mass Modification for Manufacturer Part Numbers

Aug 13, 2014

On June 13th, the General Services Administration (GSA) sent out an e-mail to all GSA Contract holders notifying them that a mandatory modification for manufacturer part numbers (A382) would be released on June 17th. The stated purpose of the mass modification was to reinforce the requirements of clauses I-FSS-600 Contract Price Lists (Oct 2013) and… Read more »

Fixing the VA – By Barbara S. Kinosky, Esq.

Jun 12, 2014

It won’t be easy, but the veterans deserve better. It’s easy to focus on what is broken, but it’s harder to understand why things are broken.  Veterans Affairs (VA) is the second largest cabinet level agency with a budget of over $165 billion.   But the VA has not had the financial resources it really needs… Read more »