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Labor Department Announces Minimum Wage Rate Change for Federal Contract Workers

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The Department of Labor has announced that the minimum wage of employees working on federal contracts covered by an executive order signed in 2014 will increase from $10.95 to $11.25 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2022. DOL proposed rules to implement the current administration’s order, which will extend the new minimum pay to federal contract employees with disabilities and phase out the tipped minimum wage by 2024.

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Executive Order to Direct Federal Contractors to Provide COVID-19 Safeguards to Workforce

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The White House has issued an executive order that requires federal contractors to provide safety protocols to their employees to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as part of efforts to improve the economy and efficiency in federal procurement. The policy directs executive departments and agencies to ensure that contracts and contract-like instruments contain a clause requiring vendors and subcontractors to comply with the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force’s guidance for workplace locations.

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Kevin Stine: NIST to Update Cybersecurity Practices for President Biden’s EO

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Kevin Stine, chief cybersecurity adviser for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), said the agency will work over the next months to deliver what is required by President Biden's executive order on cybersecurity amid the strict timelines. Stine said NIST will gather feedback and work to improve cybersecurity resources as federal agencies implement new guidelines for critical software in alignment with the EO.

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White House Expands Ban on U.S. Investments in Chinese Defense, Surveillance Tech Firms

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President Biden signed an executive order on Thursday expanding the scope of a previous policy that prohibits U.S. companies and individuals from investing in Chinese companies with ties to China’s military. The Biden administration named 59 Chinese companies subject to the executive order’s prohibitions and the U.S. government will begin implementing the ban on U.S. investments in the listed entities starting Aug. 2nd.

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Censeo Report: Executive Order on Minimum Wage Increase Could Impact Over 30K Contracts

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An analysis from Censeo Consulting Group says an increase in the minimum wage for federal contract workers as directed by an executive order that will likely result in agencies reviewing and modifying 30,520 contracts. The departments of Defense (DOD), Veterans Affairs (VA), Agriculture (USDA) and State are among the agencies that will be the most impacted by the executive order.

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White House Seeks to Mitigate Climate-Related Financial Risk With New Executive Order

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President Biden has signed an executive order to direct the director of the National Economic Council and the national climate adviser to create within 120 days a government-wide strategy to identify climate-related financial risk to government assets, programs and liabilities. In early May, the president also issued an executive order that calls for the creation of the climate change support office within the State Department.

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White House Eyes New Regulations for Securing Software Supply Chain

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President Biden plans to issue an executive order that will focus on addressing recent cybersecurity issues that could impact the software supply chain. Jeff Greene, acting senior director for cybersecurity at the National Security Council (NSC), told attendees at a Cybersecurity Coalition event that binding requirements under the executive order will be established after at least six months.

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Anne Neuberger: White House to Issue Executive Order in Response to SolarWinds Cyber Incident

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Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the White House is working on an executive order in response to the SolarWinds cyber breach. Neuberger said the cyber incident impacted approximately 100 companies and nine federal agencies. She cited the need to address challenges to achieving greater visibility amid the hacking campaign.

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President Biden Directs Establishment of S&T Advisory Council

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President Biden has issued an executive order directing the creation of an interdisciplinary group of experts that will provide advisory support on science and technology. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology will be co-chaired by the “science adviser” or the assistant to the president for S&T and have up to 26 members including engineers, scientists and other professionals.

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Executive Order to Ban US Investments in Companies Backing China’s Military

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President Trump signed Thursday an executive order that prohibits U.S. companies and individuals from investing in Chinese companies that support the Chinese military, CNBC reported. The president has directed the secretary of the Department of the Treasury (USDT) to enforce rules and regulations to implement the provisions of the order.

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