On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed a Congressional Review
Act resolution that rolled back President Obama's Fair Pay and
Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 that required bidders for
federal contracts to disclose their labor law violations. In
addition, President Trump issued an Executive Order officially
revoking President Obama's initial Executive Order. President
Trump's Executive Order can be found here. Under President Obama's Executive
Order 13673, bidders on most federal contracts worth more than
$500,000 were required to disclose any labor law violations over a
period of three years. These disclosures were then taken into
account by federal contracting agencies for the purpose of
determining whether to award or renew contracts. A copy of
President Obama's Executive Order 13673 can be found here.
Executive Order 13673 was frequently referred to as the
"blacklisting rule" by its opponents who argued that it
unfairly targeted companies because it called for not just a
disclosure of actual violations, but also alleged labor law
violations that were not adjudicated. Opponents also argued that
Executive Order 13673 created new and onerous regulatory burdens on
companies in contradiction of Congress's intent. In October
2016, a Texas federal judge temporarily enjoined the government
from enforcing the reporting requirements of Executive Order 13673.
The recent resolution and President Trump's Executive Order
effectively make permanent the Texas federal court's temporary
In addition to revoking all of Executive Order 13673, President
Trump's Executive Order requires federal departments and
agencies to "consider promptly rescinding any orders, rules,
regulations, guidance, guidelines, or policies implementing or
enforcing" Executive Order 13673. As a result, President
Trump's Executive Order effectively eliminates certain Federal
Acquisition Regulations, including requirements that federal
contractors report labor law violations to federal agencies when
bidding on federal projects and implement certain paycheck
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