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High Road Contracting

President Obama Should Use the State of the Union to Hold Accountable Federal Contractors that Harm Workers and Shortchange Taxpayers

The president can adopt responsible contracting reforms through executive action to ensure that only responsible, law-abiding companies receive government contracts.

By Karla Walter and David Madland | Monday, January 27, 2014

Oil rig worker

At Our Expense

book_alt2 icon Report A Center for American Progress Action Fund study finds that one in four government contractors committing egregious workplace violations also provide bad value for the government.

By Karla Walter and David Madland | Wednesday, December 11, 2013

How the Federal Contracting System Harms Workers and Taxpayers

An event hosted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, featuring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), looks at how the government can uphold high standards among government contractors.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rein in Irresponsible Oil Drillers

David Madland and Karla Walter detail why “high-road” contracting would help prevent low-road disasters such as the BP oil catastrophe.

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Thursday, June 3, 2010

Contracting that Works

book_alt2 icon Report Toolkit from the American Worker Project and the National Employment Law Project outlines ways state and local governments can improve jobs generated by government contracting.

By David Madland, Karla Walter, Paul K. Sonn, and Tsedeye Gebreselassie | Wednesday, March 31, 2010

High-Road Government

book_alt2 icon Report New high-road federal contracting guidelines would help raise job standards, reward companies that follow the law, and prevent taxpayer waste, write David Madland and Karla Walter.

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Friday, August 20, 2010

Taking the High Road

Allowing public access to contractor information is an important first step. Now the government needs more tools to protect taxpayers, write Karla Walter and David Madland.

By Karla Walter and David Madland | Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Comments on the Proposed Rulemaking to Create a Compensation Data Collection Tool

Letter from David Madland offers recommendations for the Obama administration's proposed tool to root out discrimination among contractors.

By David Madland | Friday, October 7, 2011

What Is High Road Contracting?

play_alt icon Video David Madland explains the problems with federal contracting and how high road would give taxpayers and the government better value.

By David Madland | Thursday, February 3, 2011

Comments on the Proposed Regulations to Establish a Contractor Responsibility Database

David Madland, Director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, submits comments on the proposed regulations (FAR Case 2008-027) to require the General Services Administration to establish and maintain a contractor responsibility database.

By David Madland | Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Rein in Irresponsible Oil Drillers

David Madland and Karla Walter detail why “high-road” contracting would help prevent low-road disasters such as the BP oil catastrophe.

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Thursday, June 3, 2010

Promoting Higher Labor Standards in Federal Contracting

CAP Action's David Madland testifies before the Panel on Defense Acquisition Reform of the House Committee on Armed Services about promoting higher labor standards in federal contracting.

By David Madland | Thursday, September 17, 2009

Making Contracting Work

book_alt2 icon Report Report from CAP Action and the National Employment Law Project details how the federal government can promote good workplace practices in the procurement process.

By David Madland, Karla Walter, Paul K. Sonn, and Tsedeye Gebreselassie | Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Making Contracting Work for the United States

book_alt2 icon Report David Madland and Michael Paarlberg argue that the federal government needs to better enforce existing laws and regulations, and focus on raising standards.

By David Madland and Michael Paarlberg | Monday, December 8, 2008