Obama Uses Contracting Changes To Flex Policy Muscle

By Dietrich Knauth (January 29, 2014, 9:59 PM EST) -- Whether supporting green energy or fighting human trafficking, President Barack Obama has leveraged his authority over federal contracting to push policy goals without the support of Congress, and his newly proposed minimum wage for contractor employees signals a continued willingness to use contracting to push through incremental policy victories.

A key piece of Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday centered on his plans to require contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour to employees, part of an overall push for a nationwide minimum wage. While that proposal matched the speech's theme of promoting executive action when...

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