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Executive Order Protects Workers and Supports Law-Abiding Contractors

President Barack Obama’s latest executive order adopts best practices from the public and private sectors that will protect workers and save taxpayer dollars.

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5 Reasons President Obama Should Hold Accountable the Law-Breaking Contractors Who Harm Workers and Shortchange Taxpayers

bars icon Charts Federal concession and contract workers gathered today to protest unfair working conditions and wage theft by their employers. President Barack Obama can adopt contracting reforms through executive action to ensure that only responsible, law-abiding companies receive government contracts.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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