McCaskill Decries Poor Oversight of Contractors' Hiring of Veterans

June 5, 2012

The government has failed to ensure federal contractors hire veterans as required by law, Sen. Claire McCaskill, chairwoman of the Senate Contracting Oversight Subcommittee, said Tuesday.

Companies with at least $100,000 in government contracts are required to report their veteran hiring and employment numbers to the Labor Department, and those with 50 or more employees are required to develop affirmative action plans for hiring vets.

Two offices within the Labor Department track the information but have not used it to hold contractors accountable, said McCaskill, D-Mo. The Veterans Employment and Training office collects the information but does not review it, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has done few compliance audits, McCaskill said. 

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