Let's call it what it is: An aspirational quota of sorts. The Department of Labor's long-anticipated final ruling is in, and will require nearly 250,000 U.S. businesses to work towards a goal that 7 percent of their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities.
DCAA had cut corners after a boom in post-9/11 defense contracting came without a corresponding increase in its staffing. But some say it is overcompensating after being slammed by Congress after its failings were exposed by GAO.
At the very time when state governments are cutting back aid to low income women and their children (thanks to sequestration), the government of the State of Maryland seems en route to providing the Lockheed Martin Corporation with a handout worth millions of dollars.
Lockheed Martin would seem to be an unlikely recipient of a lavish government handout, at least on the basis of need. Indeed, it is one of the world's largest business enterprises, with sales that reached $47 billion in 2012.
In the name of "fiscal responsibility," the self-interested CEOs animating Fix the Debt are pushing a deficit reduction plan that would lower taxes for corporations and the super-rich while slashing programs central to the middle class and those working their way into it.
The bad or negligent behavior of too many contractors can be explained (or is covered), in good part, by a culture of impunity that has emerged, driven by an overwhelming and overzealous focus on "mission accomplishment" at just about every cost.
A recent study from the the CATO Institute reaffirms what we've been saying all along: Cutting Pentagon spending will not cause the economic nightmare or job loss catastrophe the defense industry wants us to fear.