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Federal Contracting: Actions Needed to Improve Department of Labor's Enforcement of Service Worker Wage Protections

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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United States Government Accountability Office

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The SCA ensures that service workers on certain federal contracts receive pay and benefits that reflect current employment conditions in their locality. From fiscal years 2014 through 2019, the U.S. government obligated over 720 billion on service contracts covered under the SCA. GAO was asked to review SCA implementation and enforcement. This report examines 1 what available data reveal about past SCA cases, 2 what challenges DOL reports facing in enforcing the SCA, and 3 how contracting agencies implement the SCA. GAO analyzed DOL and federal procurement data for fiscal years 2014 through 2019, the most recent years available reviewed a nongeneralizable sample of contract performance assessments examined practices at three agencies selected to represent a range of contracting services and agency size interviewed DOL officials and reviewed relevant federal laws, policy, and guidance.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]