This month, there have been a few large regulatory updates and changes within the government contract world. Below, read up on the progress of the Regulatory Accountability Act’s journey through the House and the death of one of the final Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces provisions.
Regulatory Accountability Act
The bipartisan Regulatory Accountability Act is currently being debated in the House of Representatives. This Act would require agencies to provide members of the public with an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking process and hold a hearing before the adoption of any “high-impact” rule, which could benefit government contractors by giving them a voice in policy decisions. According to the bill, a “High Impact” rule refers to “a rule that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) determines is likely to have an annual cost on the economy of $1 billion or more.” Additionally, the bill would require federal agencies to conduct a cost/benefit analysis prior to implementing any new regulation.
Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule
Following President Trump’s move to repeal the Fair Pay and Safe Workspaces rule earlier this year, the GSA recently issued a class deviation to prohibit FAR clause 52.222-60, which mandated paycheck transparency for government contractors. The rule, set in place by former President Obama, was the last to be prohibited, following the dismantling of FAR 52.222-57, 52.222-58, 52.222-59 and 52.222-61. However, due to a ruling by a federal judge in late 2016, the clause remained untouched, along with the notice provision for independent contractors . Moving forward, the GSA has ordered contractors to amend solicitations and remove the clause from their current contracts immediately.
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