On December 8, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14057, Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability (“EO 14057”). Below we summarize EO 14057 and call out what matters for business, and what to watch for. EO 14057 makes clear that the federal government intends to use its purchasing power to achieve the overall goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
On November 1, 2021, the Biden administration’s Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued new Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) for federal contractors subject to Executive Order No. 14042 (“EO 14042”) on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.
On October 28, 2021, the State of Florida filed a challenge to the Biden administration’s requirement that employees of federal government contractors be vaccinated by December 8, 2021.
On October 15, 2021, the FAR Council published a Federal Register Notice announcing the opening of a public comment period on potential amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation to address climate-related financial risks.
On September 9, 2021, the White House announced a series of actions intended to reduce the number of Americans who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
A new report by economists from The University of Chicago (“Chicago”) and the University of California, Berkeley (“Berkeley”) is grabbing headlines for claiming it will show a number of Fortune 500 companies discriminate based upon whether names on applications are more traditionally associated with white applicants or with black applicants.
The Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Procurement Collusion Strike Force (“PCSF”) chalked up several more prosecutions soon after we reported its first-ever international resolution — a guilty plea from Belgium-based G4S Secure Solutions NV (“G4S”) on June 25, 2021.
For federal contractors, the Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”)1 can be a double-edged sword.
On March 4, 2021, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report titled “Weapon Systems Cybersecurity: Guidance Would Help DOD Programs Better Communicate Requirements to Contractors” (the “Report”).
In early January 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“the DOJ”) Antitrust Division (“the Division”) announced a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) with Argos USA LLC (“Argos” or “the Company”).