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Trump May Put an End to Fair Pay Rule
Some say President Barack Obama’s and the Department of Labor’s (DOL) “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule will likely not last in a Donald Trump administration. The president-elect has vowed to roll back regulations, and the controversial rule may be first on the chopping block, according to industry watchers. Currently the rule is on hold following a federal judge’s injunction. “This is probably going to be one of the executive orders he will do away with [via] the signing of a pen,” said Michael Moschel, a partner in the law firm of Bass Berry & Sims. Moschel said that “the president and agencies went around Congress,” making the rule an easy target.
Congress Wants GSA to Ensure Contractors Pay Their Taxes
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter to the General Services Administration (GSA) last week, questioning whether the agency is doing enough to ensure contractors have paid their taxes. “The committee has questions about whether [GSA’s System for Award Management] contains reliable, current information, and whether taxpayer money is subsidizing contractors that do not pay their own taxes,” Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) wrote in the letter. Under the Federal Acquisition Regulation, companies with delinquent federal tax debt should not be awarded contracts.
Government Quietly Walking Back Vow to End Private Prisons
Despite an announcement from the Department of Justice earlier this year that the federal government would phase out its use of privately run penitentiaries, the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) renewed a contract with CoreCivic (CCA), one of the country’s two largest prison operators. The contract came up for renegotiation, and BOP extended the contract for two years. Despite August claims that contracts would either be eliminated or greatly reduced, the new contract only reduced beds by 8%.
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