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New 2012 Updates to U.S. Free Trade Agreements Expected; No Progress With China

By David Gallacher 2012 will see changes regarding U.S. free trade agreements relating to, first, the dollar thresholds at which the various agreements apply to federal purchases and, second, the likely expansion of the scope of the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement ("WTO GPA"). The updated dollar thresholds are important for government contractors because … Continue Reading

“Bah! Humbug!” – 3% Withholding and the Ghost of Christmas Future

By: David S. Gallacher Just in time for the end-of-year push to fund the Government and to "create more jobs," members of Congress and President Obama had a rare moment of consensus when they unanimously(!) repealed an extremely unpopular withholding requirement that has been haunting recipients of federal funds since 2005. The "3% Withholding Repeal … Continue Reading

The RAT Board Begets the GAT Board – Who Could Ask for Anything More?

By John W. Chierichella On June 13, 2011, the President issued Executive Order No. 13576, entitled “Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government.” Citing   The need to “advance efforts to detect and remediate fraud, waste and abuse in Federal programs,” Section 3(a)   The desire to “eliminate wasteful, duplicative, or otherwise inefficient programs,” Section 1 … Continue Reading

Bidding Adieu To The “Summer of Recovery”: Changes To ARRA Buy American And Reporting Requirements

By David S. Gallacher While Vice President Biden was busy touting Summer 2010 as the “Summer of Recovery” and the economic effects of the February 2009 Stimulus Act (a.k.a. the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Recovery Act, ARRA, the Stimulus Act, etc.), the gears of the regulatory process ground steadily onward. Throughout the summer, the … Continue Reading

Improper Payments Elimination Act Provides Opportunities For Contractors

By Christopher Noon On July 22, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 (the “Act”). The Act significantly modifies and expands the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 by placing a greater obligation on the federal government to reduce the amount of improper payments made every year. The President … Continue Reading
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