As part of the regulatory updates to Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts, General Services Administration (GSA) announced in an Interact blog post on March 9, 2017, that contracting officers may require contractors re-representing their size status from small to large to submit a subcontracting plan after the re-certification. A number of other impactful changes will be incorporated in the upcoming round of solicitation refreshes.
In a March 22 webinar, GSA noted that several of the updates have already appeared in recent refreshes to a few solicitations – most notably the Professional Services Schedule. Refreshes to the remaining schedule solicitations are tentatively planned for April 2017. Here are the changes contractors should review carefully before accepting the mandatory modification:
President Trump revoked the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 on March 27, 2017, and ordered that any associated rules and regulations be rescinded. The order required federal contractors to report labor law violations at the time of contract bidding and semiannually thereafter to include: 1) civil judgements, 2) administrative merits determinations, and 3) arbitral awards including awards that are not final or are subject to court review. The rule never went into effect as a federal district court in Texas filed a preliminary injunction on October 24, 2016, the day before the rule was to go into effect. Federal contractors are relieved of a huge compliance burden, as they will be spared the time and cost of reporting labor law violations, including alleged violations, at the time of bidding and subsequently thereafter.
As a follow-up to Aronson’s webinar on Service Contract Act Compliance in Real Business Government Contractor Environments, we provided answers to several attendee questions below.
Aronson’s experts are helping companies expand their approach to government contracting. Join Aronson as we speak at the following events in March.
Join Aronson Senior Consultant Barbara Connell for an informative panel discussion event on March 8, 2017, entitled “Ask the Service Contract Act Experts Panel.” The panel of experts from Aronson, ADP, Axim Fringe Solutions Group, Helios HR, and Holland & Knight will explore the roles and responsibilities for government contractors with Service Contract Act (SCA) employees.
Compliant SCA administration takes a team of people from multiple disciplines across the company to include:
• Human Resources and Accounting
• Proposal Pricing
• Project Managers
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.– 8:30 a.m.
Seminar: 8:30 a.m.– 9:45 a.m.
• RFP Considerations for SCA contracts
• Treatment of SCA Wage Determinations
• Incumbent Onboarding including Right of First Refusal
• DOL SCA Audits
• SCA Executive Orders
Q&A / Networking: 9:45 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.