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ABC of Metro Washington supports the District of Columbia’s objective behind its First Source Law: ensuring that the city’s residents benefit from the jobs created by its construction projects.

We believe, however that the hiring goals laid out in the first source law are completely unrealistic, unattainable and more importantly are in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution.

As a chapter, ABC of Metro Washington fully supports effective workforce preparedness programs (such as Goodwill of Greater Washington’s Pre-Apprenticeship Green Pathway Program), incentive programs (such as the One City, One Hire Program and the OJT Reimbursement Program), a workforce intermediary concept, and realistic job creation programs.


Click here for a side by side comparison chart which outlines the changes made in February of 2012. 

Click here for a copy of the new First Source Law.

Click here for a list of DC Training and Employment Programs.

For more information about DC First Source, contact Government Affairs Associate Eric Jones at 202-349-3821.


Read the article, "D.C. jobs bill has far-reaching implications for contractors," by Juanita F. Ferguson Esquire of Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., in Construction & Land Use Newsletter, March 2012.

Read the op-ed, "The unintended consequences of D.C.'s 'First Source' rules," by Chairman of the Board Michael Burlas in The Washington Post, March 23, 2012.

Read the article, "New hiring rules spark outrage among District contractors," by Jonathan O'Connell in The Washington Post Capital Business, March 25, 2012.