Agency Attacked for Approving Workplace Regulation During Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is coming under fire from Democrats for greenlighting a rule easing workplace injury reporting requirements for employers as an essential measure during the partial federal government shutdown.

The Labor Department rule was cleared by the government’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs — the final hurdle for new regulations before they take effect — on Jan. 17.

OIRA wasn’t funded during the partial shutdown, limiting it to urgent work such as that needed to protect human life or property, or to support funded programs that would be “significantly damaged in the absence of immediate performance of the unfunded, related activity,” according to an Office of Management and Budget document issued in December.

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