Blacklisting Regulation Is a Solution in Search of a Problem

Government Continues to Construct Roadblocks for Manufacturers

Washington, D.C., May 27, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger released the following statement on the “blacklisting” proposed guidance from the Department of Labor and proposed regulation from the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council:

“This proposed regulation is a solution in search of a problem. It creates more uncertainty for manufacturers, more bureaucracy and red tape and injects politics into the contracting process. The growing regulatory burden is already a significant hurdle for those wishing to do business with the government, and this new regulation puts up another roadblock in the process.

What manufacturers need from policymakers are regulations and processes that encourage fair and open business practices, not punitive and subjective rules with far-ranging and harmful consequences. For years, we’ve been trying to keep politics out of the federal contracting process. This proposed regulation places politics at the very heart of federal procurement.”

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