Porker of the Month: OMB Director Jeffrey Zients
CAGW | November 2, 2012
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jeffrey Zients Porker of the Month for promising to have taxpayers pay the legal fees of federal contractors who do not issue layoff notices to employees whose jobs could be in danger due to the looming spending cuts, or sequestration, mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Large employers are obligated under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) to issue layoff notices 60 days in advance of a “reasonably foreseeable” event, such as sequestration. Since the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts is slated to begin taking effect on January 1, 2013, contractors would have a deadline of November 2, 2012 – the Friday before Election Day – to issue layoff warnings to their employees. However, in a memo, OMB instructed contractors not to issue layoff notices and stated that “any resulting employee compensation costs for WARN Act liability as determined by a court, as well as attorneys’ fees and other litigation costs, would be covered by the contracting agency.” For ordering federal contractors to subject themselves to lawsuits and promising that taxpayers will pick up the tab, all in the name of winning votes, OMB Director Zients is the October Porker of the Month. Read more about the Porker of the Month.
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