Impact of “Hire American” Executive Order on Federal Contractor Staffing
At a ceremony in Wisconsin this week, President Trump signed yet another executive order, this one entitled, “Buy American and Hire American.”
What does this mean for federal contractors? It’s not exactly clear at this point, but as our colleagues have previously discussed, the “hire American” portion of the President’s latest Executive Order is focused on revamping the H1-B visa program. This will impact the make-up of employers employee populations for those contractors who rely on the program to help meet their staffing needs. As a result, the executive order could possibly necessitate a change to recruiting strategies for contractors.
To be prepared, contractors should start planning ahead and working with their recruiting teams to develop strategies for recruiting and filling open positions going forward. This is also an opportunity to revisit and bolster your good faith outreach programs to address staffing needs.