New hiring rules concerning veterans and disabled persons merely establish goals, and contractors that fail to reach those goals will not necessarily incur penalties, says Patricia Shiu, director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. According to Brian Turmail, executive director for public affairs for the Associated General Contractors of America, "expanding the regulatory framework to get even more data when we already know what's happening in terms of employment trends is a real expensive way to solve a problem that the data says doesn't exist."

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