Government Department Updates September 30, 2022

October 1, 2022

Lawmakers Keep away from Shutdown, Prolong Authorities Funding Deadline. The U.S. Congress narrowly averted a federal authorities shutdown this week, because it accepted a stopgap persevering with decision to maintain the federal government funded and operating by means of December 16, 2022. President Joe Biden is predicted to signal the short-term measure right this moment earlier than the midnight deadline of September 30, 2022, when authorities funding will expire. The logjam broke when legislators agreed to not embody Senator Joe Manchin’s federal allow streamlining plan within the funding package deal. Whereas that is excellent news for the second, it additionally implies that Congress might want to revisit the shutdown drama in mid-December. The final time Congress punted federal spending past the midterm elections was in 2018, at which period Congress failed to come back to an settlement, and the federal authorities shut down for a file thirty-five days from December 22, 2018, till January 25, 2019. Simply sayin’…

Home Pandemic Proxy Observe Persists. Talking of Congress, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) prolonged the follow of voting by proxy till November 10, 2022, as a result of results of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the U.S. Home of Representatives have been permitted to vote remotely since March 2020, and the follow would have expired on September 26, 2022.

NLRB Revises Mail-Poll Commonplace. In a call launched on September 29, 2022, the Nationwide Labor Relations Board (NLRB) revised its six-factor evaluation that regional administrators ought to use for figuring out when a illustration election needs to be performed by mail balloting, versus in-person voting, attributable to COVID-19. Within the determination, the Board amended the prevailing second issue to permit for mail-ballot elections when the danger of COVID-19 transmission in a specific group stage is “excessive,” primarily based on the newest U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention metric. (The earlier second issue examined the fourteen-day development of optimistic circumstances within the surrounding county.) Dissenting members Marvin Kaplan and John Ring criticized the bulk’s failure to hunt stakeholder enter or knowledgeable opinion on the matter, in addition to its failure to acknowledge the issues with mail-ballot voting. The dissent claimed that relatively than “comprehensively discover each when it’s or is just not applicable for Regional Administrators to direct mail-ballot elections at this stage of the Covid pandemic,” the bulk “merely substitut[ed] one imperfect foundation for calculating voter danger with a unique imperfect foundation.”

IRAPs Scrapped. On September 26, 2022, the U.S. Division of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Coaching Administration (ETA) finalized a rule rescinding the 2020 Trade-Acknowledged Apprenticeship Packages (IRAPs) regulation that carried out former president Donald Trump’s Government Order (EO) 13801, Increasing Apprenticeships in America. In line with a DOL announcement, “the division decided EO 13801 had created a duplicative, lower-quality system that was not in the very best curiosity of staff and industries.” The ultimate rule turns into efficient November 25, 2022.

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DOL IG Warns of Pandemic UI Fraud. A latest memo from the DOL’s Workplace of Inspector Normal (OIG) warns that the ETA paid out greater than $45 billion in “probably fraudulent unemployment insurance coverage (UI) pandemic advantages” from March 2020 to April 2022. Worse, the memo states that regardless of the OIG’s earlier ideas for methods “to mitigate fraud and different improper funds to ineligible claimants, … ETA has not taken ample motion to implement the[] suggestions.” The OIG implores the ETA to amend its rules and steering to make sure that state workforce businesses absolutely cooperate with audits, investigations, and oversight of the UI program to “stop and detect fraud, waste, and abuse.”

OFCCP Revises FAAP Necessities. The Workplace of Federal Contract Compliance Packages (OFCCP) not too long ago revised its directive setting forth the method for contractors wishing to request, modify, or renew Useful Affirmative Motion Program (FAAP) agreements. Along with allowing establishment-based affirmative motion applications (AAPs), OFCCP additionally permits AAPs organized round contractors’ useful or enterprise items, equivalent to gross sales departments that span a number of institutions in numerous geographic areas. In line with OFCCP’s announcement, “[t]he revised Directive offers clarification relating to procedural necessities, along with minor language and formatting adjustments.” The directive is efficient as of September 21, 2022.

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Triple Toe Loop Diplomacy. On September 29, 2022, the U.S. Senate confirmed Michelle Kwan, essentially the most embellished determine skater in U.S. historical past, to function ambassador to Belize. Kwan, who skated by means of affirmation by voice vote, gained a silver medal within the 1998 Winter Olympics (Nagano, Japan) and a bronze medal within the 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah), in addition to 5 world championships and 9 nationwide titles. In line with the U.S. Division of State’s Certificates of Competency, after her skating profession, Kwan racked up vital victories within the public coverage and diplomacy arenas. In fact, Kwan isn’t the primary American to make use of her fame as a springboard to diplomacy. As an grownup, actress Shirley Temple Black served as U.S. ambassador to Ghana (December 6, 1974–July 13, 1976) and Czechoslovakia (August 23, 1989–July 12, 1992).

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