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Kline Renews Demand for WARN Act Information


Dear Secretary Solis:

Thank you for taking the time on October 17, 2012 to discuss the committee’s ongoing oversight of the Department of Labor.  As we discussed, I am concerned by the department’s pattern of untimely and inadequate response to the committee’s oversight requests.  In many cases, the department’s lack of response has obstructed the committee’s constitutional authority to oversee the department’s execution of the laws. During our conversation, you assured me the department’s intent is to respond diligently to the committee’s oversight. As such, I look forward to receiving timely and adequate responses to future inquiries and requests for information.

During the call, I also expressed the need for the department to produce materials relating to its July 30, 2012 guidance on the applicability of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) to potential sequestration-caused layoffs. Now, more than four months after our original request, the committee is still waiting and determined to receive the relevant materials.

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