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White House Issues Memo Strengthening Support for Federal Contract Labor Practices

January 25, 2023

The White House has issued memorandum M-23-08 requiring all federal agencies to formally designate a labor advisor whose role will ensure government contracts comply with federal employment laws. This comes in response to the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment (Task Force) report recommending strengthening federal contractor employment and labor practices.

The memorandum guides agencies on the Task Force’s recommendation to designate labor advisors in all federal agencies and to provide more coordination and training among agency labor advisors. These labor advisors would help to improve implementation and uniform compliance with contract labor law requirements for Federal contracts.
The objective is for labor advisers to help agencies prevent employment violations that can result in costly lawsuits, back pay, and erosion of trust in the federal procurement system. Labor advisors will have many roles, including helping promote federal workforce understanding of longstanding labor laws such as the Service Contract Act (SCA), Davis-Bacon Act (DCA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The Department of Labor and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will establish and jointly manage the agency labor advisers, known as the Contract Labor Advisor Group (CLAG). The CLAG is expected to focus training on non-displacement and project labor agreements to support their implementation.
At this time, the OMB and DOL are asking Agencies to designate at least one career employee as a labor adviser by Feb. 15.