Two major contracting groups hailed House passage on Thursday (Feb. 2, 2017) of a long-expected resolution to undo the Obama administration’s 2014 “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” order requiring contractors to report past violations of 14 labor laws.
House joint resolution 37, sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., declares that the implementation rule submitted in August by the Defense Department, General Services Administration, and NASA relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) has no effect.
It passed 236-187 amid a series of votes using the 1996 Congressional Review Act to nullify regulations enacted in the past 60 days. (Other rules involved streams protection, land management royalties and Social Security rules on gun purchase background checks for people with mental disabilities.)
“We welcome the House action,” said David Berteau, president and CEO of the 400-member Professional Services Council, in a statement. “The blacklisting rule fails to provide companies with basic due process, imposes significant new and non-value added reporting requirements, and risks denying federal buyers access to the best private-sector providers to meet government needs. With the disapproval of this rule by the House, and we hope with prompt action by the Senate and then signature by the president, a significant overhang will be removed from the acquisition process.”
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