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Wiley Rein's Eric Leonard Comments on Withdrawn Contractor Labor Provisions

Government Contracts Law360
February 7, 2012

Eric W. Leonard, a partner in Wiley Rein's Government Contracts Practice, was interviewed by Government Contracts Law360 for a story on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) withdrawing a proposed labor provision that would have forced contractors to obtain certification that they were in compliance with federal labor laws.

Law360 reported that the USDA announced in a notice with the Federal Register that it would not seek to require additional certification for government contractors after receiving "at least one comment opposed to the proposed Labor Law Violations' clause."

Mr. Leonard said there was a lack of specificity in the proposed rules "This is another indicator of where we are in the world of government contracts," said Mr. Leonard, while adding that the recent trend has been toward an increase in federal oversight of government contracts.

Previously, Mr. Leonard and Wiley Rein published a client alert on the USDA's withdraw of the proposed labor rules that can be read here.