IFDA Government Relations

IFDA works on Capitol Hill as the industry's voice on federal policy. We also keep our members informed about legislation and regulation that will impact foodservice distributors.

IFDA dedicates resources to make sure lawmakers and agencies in Washington understand the impact of their actions on distributors. IFDA also keeps our members informed about government policy, provides grassroots leadership to connect our members with Congress, and is a valuable resource to our members when they face a challenge from government.

In addition to direct lobbying, IFDA also represents distributor interests through coalition work, and provides IFDA members with information and resources to understand government policy affecting their business.


3.23.17 The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced the withdrawal of its Safety Fitness Determination proposal. The proposal would have changed the process for declaring a motor carrier to be unfit to a system based solely on on-road performance data rather than the current audit and investigation process. In comments filed last year, IFDA urged the agency to withdraw the regulation due to significant concerns around the FMCSA’s measurement system, inaccurate data, and the lack of correlation between regulatory violations and crash risk.

3.23.17 The Senate passed a Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval to overturn an Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recordkeeping rule. Known as the Volks rule, the regulation allowed the agency to cite employers for recordkeeping violations for a period of up to five years. The rule was a direct violation of the statutory language of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, which only allows citations for issues within a six-month timeframe. The bill now moves on to President Trump who has said he will sign the legislation.

3.7.17 IThe Senate voted to approve a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval of the blacklisting rule. The legislation now moves to the President’s desk for his signature. The rule would have required federal contractors to include in their bid any violations of 14 different labor and employment laws and their state equivalents. This disclosure would have also included allegations that had not yet been adjudicated. The President has said he will sign the legislation. Under the CRA, agencies will now be prohibited from promulgating a “substantially similar” rule.

3.7.17 The suspension of the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. provision in the hours of service rule has now been made permanent. The Inspector General (IG) for the U.S. Department of Transportation released a letter detailing its findings from the review of the final report of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Hours of Service Restart Study. The study was mandated by Congress to determine the impact of the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. requirement and the limitation on using the 34-hour restart more than once a week. In the letter, the IG concurs with the Department’s conclusion that the study “did not explicitly identify a net benefit from the use of the two suspended provisions of the restart rule on driver operations, safety, fatigue and health.” As a result of this finding, legislation passed late last year requires that the suspension of these two provisions now becomes permanent.