Federal Contracting (Procurement)

Consider Contract Performance in Acquisition Strategy.

Agencies should consider contract performance location when developing their

acquisition strategy. The HUBZone program's mission is to provide opportunities to

underserved communities by giving small businesses incentives to locate and hire in

areas that otherwise might not attract their companies. To further fulfill the mission of the

program, federal agencies should consider awarding HUBZone set-asides for contracts... more »

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SBA Scorecard

When a federal contract is set-aside for a certain socioeconomic category, if the business

is certified under multiple SBA programs, the awarding agency may also count the award

toward multiple small business contracting goals. Counting a company with more than

one certification multiple times skews small business contracting reporting data. The

government should collect and report data of which set-aside the contract... more »

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Disability Inclusion in Training & Capacity Building

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) offers the following comments concerning federal contracting and procurement practices. PVA is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization representing veterans with spinal cord injuries and/or diseases.  

Training and capacity building within agency teams must support equitable procurement and contracting efforts for veterans and other people with disabilities... more »

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Update the SCA Regulations

Update the SCA Regulations at 29 C.F.R. Part 4 by eliminating the "locality" loophole in the Reagan-era regulations implementing the Section 4(c) wage floor, clarifying that the 4(c) wage floor applies to all predecessor contracts, eliminating or narrowing exemptions from coverage that are not justified by the Act. See 41 U.S.C. § 6702(b) and 41 U.S.C. § 6707(b).

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Update the process for determining prevailing wages

DOL should facilitate the process for newly-negotiated CBAs to be adopted as official wage determinations, update its methodology in 29 CFR 4.51(b) for determining prevailing wages on non-union contracts by lowering the threshold for "union dominance" wage determinations from 50% to 30%, and consider how the SCA's statutory directive to give "due consideration" to federal employee compensation could be better used to... more »

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The DOL should update FAR 22.101-1

This regulation should restate that "the policy of the United States is to encourage worker organizing and collective bargaining and to promote equality of bargaining power between employers and employees." Additional direction to contracting agencies and procurement officials should be considered, consistent with this policy.

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Prioritize DOL government contracts staffing

DOL could consider reversing the previous administration's fragmentation of government-contracts expertise and the position of Associate Administrator for Government Contracts at WHD restored. DOL could also consider creating a Contractor Labor Compliance division or group within DOL's Solicitor's Office (SOL). National Office and Regional WHD and SOL offices should staff government contracts administration and enforcement... more »

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Increase third-party engagement on SCA enforcement

WHD should amend internal guidelines to encourage investigators to pursue leads from worker organizations. Additionally, in order to prevent misclassification, WHD should consult unions and other worker organizations on SCA conformance requests and in the process for updating classifications and the SCA Directory of Occupations.

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