President Obama orders federal contractors to disclose labor violations
- Contractors who want to get federal contracts worth more than $500,000 will be required to disclose any violations in the previous three years of federal or state law covering 14 areas of worker protection.
- The requirements, to take effect in 2016 after rules are written for how they will work, are contained in an executive order that President Obama signed Thursday.
- Agencies that award contracts will require bidders to disclose the same information from many subcontractors, too.
Worker advocates praised the order. Associated Builders and Contractors worries that the new system might conflict with other regulations and might jeopardize contractors' due-process rights. Geoff Burr, ABC's vice president for government affairs, also said there is a chance the system could be abused to favor certain bidders over others.