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Human Trafficking Compliance Arrives for Federal Contractors

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 24, 2015

Any company that does business with the federal government must now ensure that its supply chain is free of human-trafficking activities. Compliance officers, that is one more worry to add to your list.

A final rule added to the Federal Acquisition Regulations, which took effect March 2, follows a joint effort by the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration to end trafficking-related activities in government contracts. The rule is administered by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council, a cross-agency group that coordinates government procurement policy.

The new regulations expand upon the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), and implement a 2012 Executive Order by President Barack Obama. Contractors and their employees already are prohibited from procuring commercial sex or using forced labor under the TVPA. The FAR regulations go even further by mandating anti-trafficking compliance...

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