Should the US government track the working conditions at its apparel suppliers ?

An article in the New York Times titled “Buying Overseas Clothing, US Flouts its own advice” (December 22, 2013) describes the $1.5 billion in clothing purchased by the US government and working conditions at its suppliers. Contracts for clothing for the Marines was being made at a Bangladeshi plan that used child labor. Defense officials blocked plans to require their suppliers to follow recommendations by the labor department regarding factory conditions, claiming that costs would go up by over $500K. Should the US government be required to adhere to supplier audits that guarantee ethical sourcing ? Should the higher cost of such ethical sourcing be accepted as a necessary condition for sourcing ? Should manufacturing locations for all US government purchases be required to be made transparent ?

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