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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** TOMORROW: Joint Hearing on President’s Blacklisting Executive Order

On Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), and the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), will hold a joint subcommittee hearing entitled, “The Blacklisting Executive Order: Rewriting Federal Labor Policies Through Executive Fiat.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

In July 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order 13673, which may deny employers federal contracts if they or their subcontractors violated or allegedly violated various federal labor laws. Based on information disclosed by the employer covering a three year period, each agency’s contracting officer and a newly created Labor Compliance Advisor will review an employer’s compliance history and decide whether the employer’s actions demonstrate a “lack of integrity of business ethics.” Employers have expressed concerns the executive order demands an unreasonable scope of reporting requirements, undermines their due process protections, disregards existing remedies to address labor law violations, and relies on a highly subjective review process.

Thursday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to examine the effect of the president’s executive order on the federal procurement system, as well as concerns raised by employers and stakeholders.

To learn more about the hearing, visit /hearings.

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