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Opening Statement of Hon. Jerry McNerney, a Representative in Congress from the State of California

I would like to thank Chairman Johnson for holding this legislative hearing.  Having the Subcommittee conduct a legislative hearing will provide us the ability to conduct oversight and also to review legislation that affects many of the issues that fall within our jurisdiction. 

Today’s hearing includes several bills.  Among others, we will evaluate a proposal to change policies affecting claimants seeking benefits.  We’ll also discuss legislation that addresses ongoing concerns regarding the need to improve the Interagency Program Office.

In addition, one of the bills included in today’s hearing is H.R. 2243, the Veterans Employment Promotion Act, which I introduced.  My bill directs the Secretary of Labor to make public the veterans’ employment data reported by federal contractors and subcontractors. 

In the past, this Committee has heard concerns from veteran service organizations and other stakeholders about compliance with veterans hiring policies.  The purpose of the VETS-100 report is to ensure that federal contractors comply with relevant laws.  Through this report, contractors submit certain information to the Department of Labor, including information about new hires who are veterans. 

By making the information contained in these reports publicly available, my bill increases much needed oversight and accountability.  This bill is a step in the right direction that will help us as we continue to seek ways to improve enforcement of federal contractor compliance.

Thank you Mr. Chairman, and I look forward to today’s discussion of H.R. 2243 and the other bills we are considering.

I yield back.