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Department of Labor News

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

The great thing about federal contracting is that the rulemakers never rest. Just when you are sure you've got it all figured out, things change. The latest rules are just out from the Labor Department. They concern affirmative action programs required of federal contractors. In Federal Drive's weekly legal loop segment, hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp turned to procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo & Powell for an explanation.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 10:04am EDT
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Agencies see cloud, mobile computing as a path to interoperability

As agencies strive to make legacy applications available on any device, NIST is providing help by developing metrics and focusing on portability.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 01:33pm EDT
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Veterans' unemployment edges down but remains high

The unemployment rate for veterans who served since 2001 dipped slightly in 2013 to 9 percent, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 02:30pm EDT

A preview of ACT-IAC's Excellence.gov awards

Al Sloane program manager from the Department of Labor's benefits.gov site, and Atacan Donmez, senior director at eGlobal Tech, discuss this year's excellence in government awards.
March 18, 2014

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 07:09pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Labor pinched by poor cloud contracting; Financial shared services progresses

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Monday - 12/09/2013, 06:47am EST

Estimates point to slight COLA hike

Preliminary figures suggest next year's benefit increase will be roughly 1.5 percent, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. The increase will be small because consumer prices, as measured by the government, haven't gone up much in the past year.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 12:35pm EDT

Shutdown delays COLA announcement

Millions of federal retirees will have to wait to find out the size of next year's cost-of-living adjustment. The Labor Department says it won't report inflation statistics on time this month, which will delay the Social Security Administration's COLA calculation.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 01:11pm EDT

Treasury overhauling qualifications for financial shared services providers

Treasury's Office of Financial Innovation Transformation (OFIT) issued a draft set of requirements that agencies must meet if they want to be federal shared services providers. The requirements should be finalized this fall, and a new set of providers will be in place in the coming months.

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 06:07am EDT
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INSIDE THE REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: FEMA to name Gardner as CIO; new DHS CIO close; NASA struggles with HSPD-12

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Monday - 09/16/2013, 06:12am EDT

New veteran, disability hiring goals won't be quotas, Labor Dept. says

New regulations from the Labor Department spell out specific benchmarks federal contractors will be expected to meet regarding the hiring of veterans and people with disabilities. But Patricia Shiu, director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), tells Federal News Radio the new benchmarks are not quotas. Still, some contractor groups are viewing the new rules with skepticism.

Monday - 09/02/2013, 06:33pm EDT
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New rules set veteran, disability hiring benchmarks for federal contractors

The Labor Department unveiled two final rules Tuesday requiring federal contractors to establish clear-cut annual benchmarks for hiring veterans and people with disabilities.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 07:12pm EDT

Senate approves Obama-pick McCarthy to head EPA

Senate overcomes GOP objections, approves Obama-pick Gina McCarthy to head EPA

Friday - 07/19/2013, 01:56pm EDT

Labor's FECA benefits proposal gets push back from House

Members of the House have doubts about the Labor Department's proposal to set a uniform benefit rate for FECA beneficiaries. A GAO study found that such propositions will decrease benefits to injured workers with dependents. FECA benefits would also align more closely with Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) benefits once injured workers reach retirement age.

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 06:56pm EDT

Another furlough Friday, relief possible for some

Thousands of federal employees at four separate government agencies are required to take an unpaid furlough day July 5. Meanwhile, employees at two government agencies could see a diminished impact of furloughs.

Friday - 07/05/2013, 10:29am EDT

Top Obama appointees using secret email accounts

Some Obama political appointees using secret email accounts; White House defends practice

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 05:42pm EDT

Labor Department's budget missteps led to Job Corps woes

The department's inspector general found that Labor officials did not have a sound budget or spending plan for the program or have a process in place to accurately project spending needs.

Sunday - 06/02/2013, 07:48am EDT

5 percent of federal workforce to be furloughed Friday

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Management and Budget and the Environmental Protection Agency will all shut down Friday because of widespread employee furloughs giving feds a four-day holiday weekend. The Labor and Interior Departments also are telling employees to stay home.

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 05:40pm EDT

Obama to nominate Katherine Archuleta as next OPM director

Katherine Archuleta, President Barack Obama's nominee for director of the Office of Personnel Management, served as his national political director in the 2012 election. Prior to that, Archuleta served as chief of staff to former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 09:13am EDT

Fire shuts down Labor Dept. building

An overnight fire at the Labor Department's headquarters has shut the building down for most employees.

Friday - 05/03/2013, 10:03am EDT

Senate Democrats put off vote on Labor nominee

After Republicans raise concerns, Senate Democrats postpone vote on Labor secretary nominee

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 07:28am EDT
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