“Most disturbing is the allegation that the Department hired an outside public relations firm to promote this book club. My office has been told that a firm, Concept Communications, allegedly received a potential no bid contract to the tune of $100,000 to assist in promoting the Department’s book club,” wrote Coburn to DOL inspector general Scott Dahl. “I am requesting that your office investigate each of the issues included in this letter along with any others that may arise during the investigation.”
The book club was spearheaded by DOL public affairs senior advisor Carl Fillichio, but it’s unclear whether he requested the funding to hire a PR firm to promote it. Neither Dahl, Fillichio or Attorney General Eric Holder have commented on the accusations.
Meanwhile, the Department of Labor has other issues to deal with after it was revealed that Barack Obama’s plans to increase the federal minimum wage by 40 percent will put 500,000 Americans out of work by the second half of 2016. The findings were made by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, but Obama still went ahead and signed an executive order last week to bump the federal minimum wage up to $10.10 per hour. That same report also revealed the Affordable Care Act will remove an additional 2.5 million jobs by the end of 2024, but Obama declared in a radio speech last weekend that his move will “lift wages for about 28 million Americans.”
(Photo: Tom Coburn)