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“We have to have a way, rather than relying on the Department of Labor, to determine for ourselves if a contractor is responsible and in compliance with the law,” Ms. Cheh said, to which Mr. Staton replied that he would review OCP’s oversight procedures with Ms. Hapeman.

“That will tell you nothing,” Ms. Cheh said. “You need to hear from people who have come here and testified, and you need to consider whether these allegations have any foundation, and if they do, what are the consequences. You can’t just push through a contract that potentially has all these ills associated with it.”