Judge Warns Government on Anti-Deficiency Act Claims in Shutdown Lawsuits

Government Executive | January 31, 2019

Judge Warns Government on Anti-Deficiency Act Claims in Shutdown Lawsuits
A U.S. District Court judge said the Justice Department will have a “steep uphill battle” to defend the Treasury Department’s decision to recall thousands of Internal Revenue Service employees to process tax refunds during the partial government shutdown. At a status hearing to discuss the next steps in three lawsuits challenging the legality of the Trump administration’s decision-making in forcing more than 400,000 federal employees to work without pay during the 35-day lapse in appropriations, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said he would not prejudge the issues in the case, but noted his “serious concerns” with the government’s position on some issues.

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Acalvio Technologies | October 27, 2021

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President Trump signs executive order temporarily suspending work visas for H-1B holders

Tech Crunch | June 23, 2020

President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting work visas like the H-1B visa program for highly-skilled workers, cutting off a critical source of foreign labor for tech companies already complaining about tech talent shortages. Visa-holders already in the U.S. and those applicants who have already received a visa are exempt from the ban. The restrictions are intended to last until the end of the year, which would disrupt the government’s typical process of awarding new visas at the beginning of the national fiscal calendar in October. Officials from the Trump administration told the Wall Street Journal that the move is intended to protect American jobs, but executives in the technology industry have long warned that visa restrictions would hurt the nation’s ability to compete in industries that have both strategic and financial significance as engines of economic growth.

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White House | August 07, 2020

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This report is the initiative of John D. Graham, Ph.D., Dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (IU-SPEA), and members of the Dean’s Advisory Council, who convened a panel of experts to explore key issues concerning government outsourcing and public-private partnerships (P3s or PPPs). In developing this report, we attempted to avoid the ideologically charged aspects of government outsourcing and PPPs and instead set out to prepare a document that would serve as a resource for practitioners, policymakers, and community leaders considering significant outsourcing initiatives.