Education & the Workforce Committee
The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), today held a hearing entitled, “Sequestration: Examining Employers’ WARN Act Responsibilities.” The hearing examined guidance released in July 2012 by the Department of Labor that states the WARN Act does not apply to sequestration. Members also discussed the department’s failure to fully cooperate with the committee’s oversight efforts surrounding this important issue.
For more than six months, the committee has sought documents and communications related to the controversial guidance. The department has routinely missed deadlines for producing materials. Additionally, information that has been provided is not responsive to the committee’s requests. The department provided a compact disc late last night that contains more than 400 pages of materials, denying the committee an opportunity to review the documents before today’s hearing.
Rep. Walberg and Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) raised with Assistant Secretary Jane Oates their concerns about the department’s ongoing pattern of obstruction: