National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after the Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council finalized the “blacklisting” regulation. This new rule may block businesses, including manufacturers, from working with the federal government whether or not they have violated workplace laws.
“A system already exists for weeding out bad actors and ensuring they do not receive government contracts. Now hardworking, responsible manufacturers could lose out on valuable job-creating work with the federal government for no good reason. This regulation is akin to a bizarre ‘guilty until proven innocent’ policy that significantly burdens manufacturers who will have to expend countless hours and resources to ensure they do not run afoul of a fundamentally unfair regulation.
“The government is out of control when it comes to issuing regulations, and this blacklisting rule is a clear example. Manufacturers average more than $19,500 in compliance costs per employee per year, and that number nearly doubles to $34,671 for small manufacturers with fewer than 50 employees. For manufacturers being crushed by the weight and costs of regulations, this administration has gone too far.”
The NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.
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