Budget Proposal Includes Labor Agency Overhaul

by Tony Flesor

As the Trump administration looks to slash the federal budget, several government agencies are expected to be downsized or combined. And one area that could see a big change is in labor law enforcement, with a proposed merger of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Pro-grams and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The federal budget proposal unveiled May 23 includes a combina-tion of the two agencies, to happen following Fiscal Year 2018. The bud-get overall includes many major cuts in order to reduce federal spending in a number of areas with the goal of balancing the budget within 10 years.

Those cuts come in reforming Medicaid, disability and benefits programs, and in reducing the size of the federal government overall. Combining the OFCCP and EEOC appears to combine two agencies with similar goals, but lawmakers and stakeholders on all sides of the issue see the proposal as a mistake.

According to the budget proposal, “This builds on the existing tradition of operational coordination between the two agencies. The transition of OFCCP and integration of these two agencies will reduce operational redundancies, promote efficiencies, improve services to citizens, and strengthen civil rights enforcement.”

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