Archive for August, 2014
By David Sirota
After an outcry by labor unions and consumer groups, the Obama administration announced Friday it would delay a controversial proposal to classify so-called factoryless goods producers as domestic manufacturers, even if the manufacturing jobs associated with those producers are offshore.
In a Federal Register announcement, Howard Shelanski, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, said the “large number of comments on this topic indicate that agencies need an opportunity to perform additional research, testing and evaluation” of the new classification before moving forward. The announcement said the Office of Management and Budget therefore has “remove[d] the requirement for agencies to implement” the proposed change.