First Signs of Deregulation Favorably Impacting Government Contractors

Published: March 09, 2017

Acquisition ReformPolicy and LegislationPresident Trump

The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule put forward under the Obama Administration appears headed for the scrap heap. The repeal of the rule passed the House and Senate and is headed for President Trump's desk, where he's expected to sign the repeal.

The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule was issued in an Executive Order by President Obama in 2014.

The rule would have required companies with federal contracts to disclose their violations of certain workplace protection laws before receiving a contract. Agencies were to use the information to determine if those contractors were responsible sources that should be awarded contracts.

The rule went through extensive rule making procedures was poised to go into effect in October 2016. However, the US District Court granted an injunction on implementation in October to block implementation of the rule.

With President Trump promising to reduce regulation, it was widely speculated that the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule would be repealed (or at least no effort would be put into fighting the injunction). With the repeal by the House and Senate, President Trump is expected to sign it this week.

The Department of Labor website for the implementation is here:

The Washington Post article discussing the repeal by the Senate is here: