HAPPENING TOMORROW: The Blacklist: Are Small Businesses Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

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Washington, September 28, 2015 | comments
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The Committee on Small Business Subcommittees on Contracting and the Workforce and Investigations, Oversight and Regulations will meet for a hearing titled, “The Blacklist: Are Small Businesses Guilty Until Proven Innocent?” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Last year, President Obama signed Executive Order 13,673, to “promote economy and efficiency in procurement by contracting with responsible sources who comply with labor laws.” Under the Executive Order, before contracting officers may award contracts worth more than $500,000, prospective contractors must disclose violations of 14 labor laws and “equivalent state laws” within the preceding three-year period.  These disclosures will then guide decisions on the contractor’s ability to ultimately be eligible for award.  The hearing will examine the ramifications of the United States Department of Labor and Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council’s implementation of Executive Order 13,673 for small businesses that sell goods and services to the federal government.


Panel I

The Hon. Angela B. Styles
Chair and Partner
Crowell & Morning
Washington, DC

Mr. Theron M. Peacock, P.E., BSCP
Senior Principal / President
WOODS • PEACOCK Engineering Consultants
Alexandria, VA
*Testifying on behalf of the American Council of Engineering Companies

Ms. Debbie Norris
Vice President, Human Resources
Merrick & Company
Greenwood Village, CO
*Testifying on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management

Mr. William J. Albanese, Sr.
General Manager
A & A Industrial Piping, Inc.
Fairfield, NJ
*Testifying on behalf of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America and the Campaign for Quality Construction

Panel II

The Hon. Anne Rung
Office of Federal Procurement Policy
Office of Management and Budget
Washington, DC

Mr. Lafe Solomon
Senior Labor Compliance Advisor
Office of the Solicitor
United States Department of Labor
Washington, DC


Hearing Notice
Witness List 

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