federal contractors

Helped Wanted: New Printer for 2020 Census
GPO solicits new bids after contracting snafu with previous printer

The Census Bureau doesn’t have a printer lined up for the upcoming 2020 Census. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Census Bureau is currently without a printer, less than two years before the national head count begins. That has left the Government Publishing Office to accept new bids for the 2020 census printing contract until Sept 10, after previously awarding the contract to a company that has since filed for bankruptcy.

The GPO intends to award the replacement printing and mailing contract in November. This timeline “will ensure there is no negative effect on the 2020 Printing and Mailing Operation or the overall 2020 Census,” according to a Census Bureau statement earlier this month.

What the Recess Rollback Means for Capitol Hill (and Taxpayers)
Police overtime, food workers, Capitol improvements all affected

The Senate's shortened recess means some big changes for workers on Capitol Hill (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate’s truncated August recess is changing plans on Capitol Hill, but it’s not yet clear how much it will cost taxpayers.

With lawmakers back in their states, the Architect of the Capitol can typically count on a block of weeks to work on projects that might cause disruption if Congress were in session. And the summer recess is usually a prime time for staffers and Capitol Police to schedule vacations. But not this year.

Library of Congress Awards $27.3 Million Data Center Contract
Accenture will develop long-planned project

The Library of Congress has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to Accenture for a new data security and storage center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Contracting giant Accenture was awarded the $27.3 million contract to build the long-planned new data center for the Library of Congress.

The federal services arm of Accenture announced the three-year contract to build both a physical data center and other hosting environments, including cloud services.

Pentagon Reports Sharp Drop in Use of Contractors
DoD credits streamlining for sharp dip

The Pentagon is using fewer services contractors than at any time since such data has been collected, according to a new and previously unpublicized Defense Department report to Congress obtained by CQ Roll Call.

The number of services contractors dropped 13 percent from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2015, the most recent reporting period, the document shows.

Federal Contract Workers 'Refuse to Be Silenced'
Fight for higher wages and union rights reaches Labor Department

Rep. Keith Ellison, center, addresses federal contract workers protesting outside the Labor Department on Thursday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Federal contract workers — from Capitol Hill to the Smithsonian to the Pentagon — joined a legion of protesters in Washington this week, bringing their fight for an increased minimum wage to the steps of the Department of Labor.  

Holding posters of President Barack Obama that read “Worker champ” and chanting “15 and a union,” hundreds of food service workers, janitors and landscapers congregated on Constitution Avenue on Thursday to urge the next Democratic president to increase the minimum wage to $15.