EEOC General Counsel David Lopez to Depart Agency

| October 11, 2016

EEOC General Counsel David Lopez to Depart Agency
WASHINGTON - David Lopez, general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) since 2010, announced today that he will depart the agency after 6 ½ years of service in early December. Lopez was nominated twice by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2010 and 2014. Lopez was the first EEOC field trial attorney to be appointed as the agency's general counsel, the first Latino general counsel, and, after 6 1/2 years, is the longest-serving general counsel in the history of the agency. During his tenure, Lopez has cultivated EEOC as "one national law enforcement agency," encouraging EEOC's litigators nationwide to work collaboratively and cohesively with each other and other internal partners.  Under Lopez's leadership, EEOC's litigation program has been extremely successful. Among the notable victories is the $240 million jury verdict -- the Commission's largest award ever -- in Henry's Turkey Service, a case brought on behalf of over 30 intellectually disabled men and a $1.5 million sexual harassment and retaliation verdict in Memphis, affirmed by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Breed Logistics. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Commission in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., holding that an employer may not refuse to hire an applicant if the employer was motivated by avoiding the need to accommodate a religious practice. In this case, Samantha Elauf was denied hire because she wore a headscarf (hijab), and thus failed to conform to the company's "look policy."

Spotlight

The Federal Government is currently spending billions of dollars on Professional Services. No longer do they procure or perform these types of services “in house”. Now, they look outside for the answers. often they look towards GSA’s Multiple Awards Schedule programs. Because you possess a GSA Contract, you possess a definite advantage! Many government agencies will look to you for help with engineering; environmental, logistics, consulting, or language services.


Other News

SparkCognition Deploys AI-Based Predictive Analytics on bp Facilities

SparkCognition | August 03, 2020

SparkCognition, the world's leading industrial artificial intelligence (AI) company, is pleased to announce the expansion of their relationship with bp, an integrated global energy business, to deploy AI predictive analytics in service of improving reliability and reducing carbon footprint in their operations. SparkCognition's SparkPredict®️ analytics solution is currently deployed on Atlantis and ETAP, two of bp's production facilities, enabling bp to predict impending equipment failures and process vulnerabilities. Using SparkPredict, bp will be able to take action before events occur and improve maintenance activities for critical subsystems across its assets. Fewer outages means less flaring, and therefore less carbon emissions. Through the new expansion, additional facilities will be added in 2020 and 2021.

Read More

Judge Grants Pentagon’s Request for Corrective Action on JEDI Cloud Contract

The Defense Department | April 17, 2020

Federal Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith Friday granted the Defense Department’s March request for a 120-day stay to take corrective action on parts of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract, which it awarded to Microsoft in October. Amazon Web Services, which protested the award, had asked the judge in previous motions to force the Pentagon to take more expansive correction action, accusing the government of attempting to “gerrymander” revisions to the procurement. In the order, which is under seal, Campbell-Smith grants the Defense Department’s motion for remand so that “it may reconsider the aspects of the procurement challenged in this protest action,” though the 120-day remand could be lengthened or shortened upon motion and subsequent judge’s decision.

Read More

Trump administration moves to revoke China Telecom's US licenses on security grounds

CSO | April 15, 2020

Highlighting the diminished opportunities for Chinese telecom and technology providers in the US, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that the Trump Administration would seek to revoke and terminate the licenses of mobile operator China Telecom. China Telecom is authorized to provide communications, data, television and business services in the US as a facilities-based common carrier. It obtains spectrum licenses from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under what is called international Section 214 authorizations.

Read More

US government agrees on $25bn bailout for airlines as pandemic halts travel

The Guardian | April 14, 2020

The US government agreed a $25bn bailout for the beleaguered airline industry on Tuesday as the coronavirus pandemic brings travel to a virtual standstill. Passenger airline companies are receiving direct aid as part of the $2.2tn Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Cares Act) economic relief package passed last month in order to allow them to continue paying salaries and benefits to employees in the coming months. Details of the aid package are expected later on Tuesday. With the coronavirus now spread across more than 100 countries and every continent except for Antarctica, air travel has all but ground to a halt.

Read More

Spotlight

The Federal Government is currently spending billions of dollars on Professional Services. No longer do they procure or perform these types of services “in house”. Now, they look outside for the answers. often they look towards GSA’s Multiple Awards Schedule programs. Because you possess a GSA Contract, you possess a definite advantage! Many government agencies will look to you for help with engineering; environmental, logistics, consulting, or language services.

Resources

Events