Published Date: 09/02/2014
By George Ports
President Obama recently signed an Executive Order that places new requirements on companies that have contracts with the federal government. The new Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order will require federal procurement officers to identify contractors with good track records of employment and labor law compliance, giving preference to those that have not had compliance issues in the past three years. This order became effective upon its signing, July 31, 2014.
Procurement officers are directed by the order to provide contractors the opportunity to reveal actions taken to address and correct violations found by regulatory agencies. Regulatory agencies will also be contacted to check on the status of issues of non-compliance and steps made to address those issues by contractors. Procurement officers, when awarding contracts, will consider the information when deciding if a contractor is “a responsible source that has a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics.”
This executive order also directs the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) council to contact government agencies to get input regarding proposed amendments to FAR to identify violations of employment and labor laws that demonstrate a lack of integrity or business ethics.
To read the Executive Order in its entirety, go to http://j.mp/FP-SW.