CBS News reports that the Department of Labor (DoL) has filed a suit in the Office of Administrative Law Judges to bar Google from doing business with the federal government unless it turns over confidential information about thousands of its employees. According to the suit, Google has refused to provide DoL with employee compensation information to ensure the company isn’t discriminating against workers based on gender or race.
OMB Director Urges Continued Procurement Reforms
In his exit memo, outgoing Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan wrote it’s critical for the Trump administration to continue work on information technology (IT) modernization and shared services, along with improving procurement processes. Donovan recommended that the next OMB director “continue to aggressively advance tech procurement reform and hiring/workforce reform.” Donovan also urged continuing a number of OMB programs introduced, including the category management initiative.
Paul Khoury, a partner at the law firm of Wiley Rein, notes that while the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act restored the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) ability to hear protests of task orders on civilian indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts over $10 million, it also allows GAO to hear protests of task orders against defense IDIQs over $25 million. Khoury said the change might mean the Department of Defense (DoD) might use a DoD IDIQ instead of a civilian vehicle, to help avoid more protests.