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Bring Out Your Dead: GSA Instructs Agencies to Remove Null and Void FPSW

Jun.27.2017

On June 12, 2017, the General Services Administration issued a Class Deviation to remove the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule from the FAR after President Trump signed a joint resolution (P.L. 115-11) under the Congressional Review Act disapproving the final rule on March 27, 2017. Although most of the final rule’s requirements were put on hold in October when a U.S. District Court judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction (discussion available here), paycheck transparency requirements at FAR clause 52.222-60 became effective on January 1, 2017. In this Class Deviation, GSA instructs agencies to not wait for formal rescission of the rule, but to take all necessary steps to comply with the joint resolution, including ensuring that new solicitations do not include FAR clause 52.222-60 and amending solicitations or modifying contracts to remove FAR clause 52.222-60 if included in either.
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