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Continued Opposition of the President’s Proposal to Merge OFCCP and EEOC amid Acosta’s Plan for the Merger


The Chamber of Congress, American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education jumped on the bandwagon to oppose the proposal

According to Randel Johnson, The Chamber of Congress’ senior vice president of labor, immigration and employee benefits, “There is fear in the business community that this newly formed grouping might result in the worst of all worlds from both agencies.  The two agencies are in need of reform, and that should be the focus, not a merger.”

In a letter to Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education wrote “In our view, such an action is inefficient, and it will undermine more than fifty years of progress towards equal opportunity, not only in academic institutions but in the entire employment sector of the United States.”

Top Republicans including those on the House Education and the Workforce committee are open to discussing opportunities “to streamline the federal government,” but protecting workers and ensuring the nation’s nondiscrimination laws are properly enforced are top priorities, said Virginia Foxx, a spokesperson for the committee.

According to a spokeswoman for Republicans on the House Appropriations committee, they will hear Acosta’s proposal this week.  Many Democrats have concerns that combining the agencies and reducing funding could weaken civil rights protections.   According to Senator Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat on the Senate labor committee, “We should be doing much more, not less, to help make sure all workers get paid fairly and treated fairly on the job.”

Ariane Hegewisch, program director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, said “Separate agencies allow for a higher set of standards for companies that receive taxpayers’ dollars.”  She also commented that the proposal would reduce enforcement of policies “that play an important role in improving women’s access to good jobs.”

We expect to continue to hear more opposition in the days to come.

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