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IT accessibility standards stir industry opposition

January 9, 2001 New rules to make government information and technology accessible to disabled citizens and government workers have high-tech firms frantic about their effect on competitiveness and the difficulty in meeting the deadline for compliance. "I think we're on the brink of a new era," said a source at one large software ...

New IT accessibility regulations could come next week

November 21, 2000 The U.S. Access Board on Monday appeared to be headed for a vote in favor of new rules designed to help disabled citizens access government information via technology. A vote count of mail-in ballots from board members Monday was not complete as of Monday afternoon, but it was clear that ...

OSHA to issue new ergonomics rule in face of lawsuits

November 14, 2000 The Clinton administration has announced it will issue tougher worker-safety laws to prevent ergonomic injury despite urgings of many industry groups not to do so. The 1,688 pages of rules are scheduled to appear in the Federal Register on Tuesday. Opponents of the rules, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ...

Agencies said to oppose contract 'blacklisting' rules

November 1, 2000 Two Northern Virginia lawmakers on Monday pressed President Clinton to reconsider a proposed rule that would establish ethics standards for government contractors, highlighting an internal memorandum showing opposition from within the administration. Reps. Tom Davis, R, and James Moran, D, brought to Clinton's attention a late-September memo from the Defense ...

GOP leaders reject White House ergonomics proposal

October 31, 2000 House and Senate GOP leaders on Monday rejected a Clinton administration proposal to delay the date the Occupational Safety and Health Administration could implement a new rule providing ergonomics protections for workers, according to congressional sources. Disagreement over the ergonomics rule was a primary reason the Republican leadership rejected a ...

Congress unlikely to block OSHA ergonomics effort

October 27, 2000 House and Senate negotiators worked Thursday to try to reach agreement on the fiscal 2001 Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bill that contains an amendment that would block the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from implementing a rule on ergonomics. However, it appears that the controversial rider will be ...

Tech group rips anti-outsourcing bill

September 26, 2000 Washington-area technology lobbying organization CapNet on Monday announced its vigorous opposition to a bill that would impose a moratorium on all government outsourcing and require detailed cost-benefit analyses for each potential project. The organization decided to speak up when it realized how many signatures the bill has collected, said CapNet ...