(National Sentinel) Red Tape: We’re learning by the day almost that it takes a businessman to fix the “business” of the federal government.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the Office of Management and Budget has just sacked last-minute Obama-era ‘diversity’ rules that would have forced hundreds of millions more in compliance costs each year onto employers. The site noted:
The Office of Management and Budget instructed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to shelve a rule change that would have required employers to submit 20 times as much data to the agency as previously required. The Obama administration called for the new standards, which would have affected 61,000 American companies with more than 100 workers and federal contractors with more than 50 workers, to demonstrate his commitment to closing the much-disputed “gender wage gap.” Obama’s EEOC called for businesses to provide 3,660 different data points about each employee and their pay structure, up from the 188 points.
OMB issued the stay because of its concerns that the new forms would prove “unnecessarily burdensome” on businesses, while not achieving its desired goal of eliminating purposeful discrimination. It also said the EEOC rules could invade the privacy of individual workers without adequate protections in place.
The agency estimated the new regulations would cost employers $53.5 million and take about 1.9 million hours to complete. Those numbers paled in comparison to the findings of a survey conducted by the Chamber of Commerce, which estimated the regulations would cost $400 million and increase work hours by 8 million—if additional overhead is taken into account the rules could cost up to $1.3 billion.
Idiocy only a bureaucrat could love — or a Marxist ‘progressive’ who would have surely politicized the data in some way, shape, or form.
“OMB is concerned that some aspects of the revised collection of information lack practical utility, are unnecessarily burdensome, and do not adequately address privacy and confidentiality issues,” Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Neomi Rao said in an Aug. 29 memo.
“The public did not receive an opportunity to provide comment on the method of data submission to EEOC. In addition, EEOC’s burden estimates did not account for the use of these particular data file specifications, which may have changed the initial burden estimate,” the memo said.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., asked the Trump administration to ditch the regulations.
“This agency is supposed to be protecting American workers from discrimination. Instead, the EEOC came up with an absurd mandate forcing employers to submit new pay data on 63 million private sector employees,” Alexander said in a statement. “The Trump administration has done the right thing today so EEOC can think critically about what data it should require of employers and begin to work through its backlog of more than 73,000 unresolved complaints of discrimination.”
This was lunacy only a bureaucrat could love — or a Marxist ‘progressive’ who would have surely politicized the data in some way, shape, or form.
The usual far-Left groups — feminists, primarily — screeched their outrage, but then they would since they’ve long pushed the ridiculous notion that women are systematically and intentionally singled out for less compensation than male counterparts.
President Trump is keeping his pledge to rid the nation of as many onerous, job-and-economy-killing regulations as he can possibly end. The end result will be far better economic growth than anything we’ve seen in years.
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