Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – November 22, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . Upcoming Events: Register to attend PilieroMazza’s upcoming events here . Recent Thought Leadership: Check out PilieroMazza’s recent client alerts and blogs here . GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS GSA Polaris and the New SCRM Requirements: Supply Chain Risk May Put Your Proposal at Risk, November 22, 2021, Cy Alba With the release of GSA Polaris around the corner, one looming issue remains: Contractors may lose out on an award or, perhaps worse, they may find themselves without . . . Read More

GSA Polaris and the New SCRM Requirements: Supply Chain Risk May Put Your Proposal at Risk

With the release of GSA Polaris around the corner, one looming issue remains: Contractors may lose out on an award or, perhaps worse, they may find themselves without access to task orders after granted a Polaris award due to the increasingly stringent requirements of  Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM). In this blog, Isaias “Cy” Alba , a partner in PilieroMazza ’s Government Contracts Group , and John Cofrancesco, VP of Government Security Solutions at Fortress, reveal what government contractors should know now about SCRM requirements before putting . . . Read More

Biden Administration Revives Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts

On November 18, 2021, the Biden Administration announced an executive order (EO) bringing back to life what was formerly EO 13495, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts. The EO establishes that where a federal government contract subject to the Service Contract Act expires and a follow-on contract is awarded for the same or similar services at the same location, a successor contractor must grant a right of first refusal to the predecessor contractor’s employees (other than management and supervisory employees) before . . . Read More

CMMC 2.0: 7 Key Takeaways to Help Government Contractors Prepare

On November 4, 2021, the Department of Defense (DOD) dropped a bombshell press release stating it plans to retract the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 1.0 and replace it with a simplified, streamlined 2.0. The press release does not explain how DOD plans to simplify and streamline CMMC, but an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued concurrently with the press release (and removed later the same day) contains some insights into the key changes DOD intends to make. An archived copy of . . . Read More

New Infrastructure Bill and Its Impact on Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in the Construction Industry

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act ( the Bill )—which makes a portion of its $1.2 trillion available for surface transportation projects—currently awaits signature from President Biden and will have significant impacts for construction contractors participating in the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) Program. The Bill addresses aid to federal highways, transit, highway safety, motor carrier, research, hazardous materials, and rail programs. DOT’s DBE Program permits states to set up DBE programs, in compliance with DOT standards, that promote . . . Read More

January 18 Marks New Deadline for Covered Federal Contractors to be Fully Vaccinated

On November 10, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force updated its guidance regarding the deadline for covered contractors to meet vaccination requirements. The update extends the initial December 8, 2021 deadline to January 18, 2022. The updated guidance is available here  and includes links to FAQs which were also updated to address circumstances where the CDC recommends delaying vaccination, explain that the January 18 deadline applies to work performed at both contractor and federal agency workplaces, and provide sample signage for . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – November 10, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . Upcoming Events: Register to attend PilieroMazza’s upcoming events here . Recent Thought Leadership: Check out PilieroMazza’s recent client alerts and blogs here . LABOR & EMPLOYMENT COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing: Critical Implications of OSHA’s ETS for Federal Government Contractors, November 5, 2021, Nichole Atallah , Sarah Nash , Sara Nasseri , and Matt Stokes On November 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its long-awaited COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) for covered private employers, including . . . Read More

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing: Critical Implications of OSHA’s ETS for Federal Government Contractors

On November 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its long-awaited COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) for covered private employers, including nearly all private employers with 100 or more employees. The ETS is available here . The ETS sets forth workplace safety protocols mandating covered employers to implement workplace policies by January 4, 2022, requiring employees present in the workplace to be vaccinated or tested regularly.  PilieroMazza ’s Labor & Employment Group addresses the critical implications of the ETS for federal . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – October 29, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . Upcoming Events: Register to attend PilieroMazza’s upcoming events here . Recent Thought Leadership: Check out PilieroMazza’s recent client alerts and blogs here . LABOR & EMPLOYMENT DOD Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation, Screening Testing, and Vaccination Verification The Department of Defense published a memorandum that provides updated guidance for implementing additional force health protection and workplace safety measures as directed by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force regarding COVID-19. Read more here . Related . . . Read More