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Committee Demands Response to Previous Request on WARN Act "Guidance"

Dear Secretary Solis:

On August 2, 2012, we contacted you to share our concern regarding misleading and incomplete guidance from the Employment and Training Administration relating to the applicability of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) to potential sequestration-caused layoffs. The letter also requested related information, documents, and communications no later than August 16, 2012.  A response to our request is now more than a month overdue.  Despite numerous attempts to ascertain the timing and delivery of your response, we have yet to receive any of the requested material or an adequate explanation for the lack thereof. 

Since our letter of August 2, 2012, the Office of Management and Budget released a report on September 14, 2012, outlining the administration’s plan for implementing the sequester, which is scheduled to occur on January 2, 2013.  The report underscores the indiscriminate nature of sequestration’s across-the-board cuts and the need for a comprehensive deficit reduction plan that ensures sustainable fiscal responsibility and protects national security.  However, the report does not answer contractors’ concerns and questions with respect to the WARN Act. 

To read the full letter, click here.  

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