Posted by: Susan | March 27, 2009

The Best Congressman (Part IV)

Subtitle:  Your Federal Government at Work

The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor is responsible for enforcing provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which includes investigating complaints from workers.   Investigating complaints is their priority.  The Government Accountability Office (GAO), which is the investigative arm of Congress, went undercover to test the complaint process and testified recently before Congress on their findings.   I’m sure you’ll be shocked and surprised to learn that…

The undercover tests revealed sluggish response times, a poor complaint intake process, and failed conciliation attempts, among other problems. In one case, a WHD investigator lied about investigative work performed and did not investigate GAO’s fictitious complaint. At the end of the undercover tests, GAO was still waiting for WHD to begin investigating three cases—a delay of nearly 5, 4, and 2 months, respectively.  (emphasis mine)

In case you really care, you can find a summary of their findings here and a link there to the full report.  But the point of this post is that in testimony before Congress this week, Rep. Tom Price, my Congressman, raised the question of whether these findings might be representative of government workers in general.  And maybe, just maybe, government-run health care might be managed just as incompetently.  And maybe, just maybe, expanding the powers of the federal government might not be the best idea.


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