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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS-LABOR VIOLATIONS
Report: Companies win gov't contracts despite repeated labor violations
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:18 PM EST
A new report finds that the federal government awards billions of dollars in contracts each year to companies that routinely violate safety, health and wage regulations.
The study found that nearly 30 percent of companies hit with the highest penalties for federal labor law violations from 2007 to 2012 were also federal contractors.
The Obama administration says it has taken aggressive steps to hold contractors accountable. But the report says government officials often lack the information needed to evaluate companies. It says a federal database that is supposed to keep track of contractor violations was found to be missing many incidents of misconduct.