Still more scrutiny for new lock-up rules

Not only is the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce demanding to know more about the changes to the lock-up rules, so is the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which will hold a hearing “Addressing Concerns about the Integrity of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Jobs Reporting” on Wednesday June 6.

The hearing will examine the influence of Department of DOL political appointees over the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) processes for collecting and disseminating employment data.

An announcement yesterday evening from the oversight committee said Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, “declined to testify.” According to Beltway Confidential, those who will be testifying include:

  • Mr. John Galvin, Acting Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Mr. Carl Fillichio, Senior Advisor for Communications and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Ms. Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Mr. Keith Hall, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
  • Ms. Lucy Dalglish, Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Ms. Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute
  • Mr. Rob Doherty, General Manager – United States, Reuters News
  • Mr. Daniel Moss, Executive Editor, Bloomberg News

In March, a DOL spokesperson told me that political appointee Carl Fillichio personally granted the questionable news agency RTTNews access to the lock-ups last year after Potomac Radio News left.

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