Sending Office: Honorable Anthony G. Brown
Please join me in cosponsoring the Workforce Development and Federal Contracting Act of 2018. This legislation will help ensure companies contracting with executive agencies are also working to develop and train our nation’s workforce.
The federal government uses contractors to support government operations, procuring goods and services ranging from office furniture to IT and administrative services. There are multiple benefits that contracting offers to the government, including creating
cost savings by providing flexible terms for services. In FY2017, the federal government obligated approximately $187 billion on these non-defense contracts.
Given how much the federal government spends on non-defense contracts, we need to ensure those same contractors are investing in developing our workforce. This legislation would require the heads of executive agencies to consider the existence of qualified
training programs of contractors in the award of contracts of $25 million or more. A “qualified training program” is one that is:
- eligible to receive funding under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)
- eligible to receive funding under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act
- registered with the Department of Labor under the National Apprenticeship Act, or
- any other federal program identified to be a qualified training program by the head of the executive agency.
The bill also directs the head of each executive agency to develop incentives for contractors to develop the workforce.
This legislation is a first step in boosting accountability and ensuring those that do business with the federal government are also identifying and acting on ways to develop our workforce. If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor, please contact
Anna Platt (firstname.lastname@example.org, 5-8699).
Anthony G. Brown
Member of Congress
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