Government Contracts Report – Week of March 30, 2020

OFCCP’s New Contractor Compliance Website

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) has launched a contractor compliance website. According to OFCCP’s information release, the institute is an “on-demand learning management system designed to help federal contract holders meet their equal employment opportunity obligations.” The institute is specifically tailored for federal contractors and the courses are free. You can sign up here.

DHS Waives Procurement Laws For Border Wall Construction

As of February 20, 2020, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, has waived certain procurement laws with respect to all action associated with construction of the US-Mexico border wall. Among others, those waivers include laws relating to competition requirements, types of contracts used, and procurement evaluation and award procedures, among others. This action affects projects in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. To read the notice here.

DOD Adopts Ethical Principles Related To AI

DOD issued a press release in late February indicating it has adopted ethical principles related to the use of AI. The statement outlines that the principles will apply to both combat and non-combat functions and will encompass five major areas noted as 1) responsible, 2) equitable, 3) traceable, 4) reliable, and 5) governable. For more background on the five areas and how DoD arrived at developing these principles, you can read the press release here.

 

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