As the standoff between President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers continues, the federal government’s partial shutdown is presenting unenviable dilemmas for the government services industry. Business owners are considering emergency financing options and some employees are working at their own direction but may not be paid back, experts told the Federal Times.
Read the Federal Times article by Justin Lynch here.
As 2018 draws to a close, it appears that 2019 will be a year of transition in federal IT. Agencies will likely make more progress on these fronts, as well as on areas like cybersecurity and migrations to Microsoft’s Windows 10. The government will continue to plow ahead on technology modernization changes, including data center consolidation and modernizing networks, but do not expect a Big Bang in federal IT in 2019.
Read FedTech’s full article by Phil Goldstein here.
From The DOL: ‘The Wage and Hour Division issued All Agency Memorandum 227, which sets the Service Contract Act Health and Welfare Fringe Benefit rate at $4.48 per hour effective July 11, 2018. The AAM also sets an SCA Health and Welfare Fringe Benefit rate of $4.18 per hour for work to which EO 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors, applies.’ https://www.dol.gov/whd/govcontracts/sca.htm
The 35-day government shutdown cost thousands of small- and mid-size businesses nationwide that supply services or technology to the federal government $2.3 billion in revenue and forced tens of thousands of layoffs. Read Nextgov’s article by Frank Konkel here.