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During late October, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum to support agency compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation’s anti-human trafficking compliance requirements. The stated purpose of the memorandum is to enhance the effectiveness of these requirements while helping federal government contractors manage and reduce the burden associated with meeting their compliance responsibilities. To achieve these dual goals, as discussed in this Alert, the memorandum describes risk management best practices and mitigating factors for U.S. federal officials to take into account when working with contractors to address their obligations under the FAR anti-human trafficking provisions. Although the memorandum is directed to personnel at U.S. executive departments and agencies, it provides helpful guidance for legal and compliance personnel at U.S. government contractors. Continue
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