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US government lags in complying with global labor standards

Re “US retailers should do more for safety in Asian factories”: Your Jan. 13 editorial correctly notes that the big US retailers have been deficient in their response to safety and working conditions following the global wake-up call that the Bangladesh factory disasters presented. There is another big player whose response should be carefully and critically examined.

The federal government buys more than $1.5 billion in soft goods and, as a December New York Times article revealed, is hardly more conscientious than the private firms in its labor standards compliance.

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