Last Friday, January 30, 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order entitled the "Economy In Government Contracting," which forbids reimbursement of the union-organizing expenses of federal contractors. Specifically, for contracts in which "certain costs are treated as unallowable," the Executive Order instructs federal agencies to treat as "unallowable the costs of any activities undertaken to persuade employees - whether employees of the recipient of the Federal disbursements or of any other entity - to exercise or not to exercise, or concerning the manner of exercising, the right to organize and bargain collectively." Among other things, the Executive Order would bar the reimbursement of expenses related to "holding meetings (including paying the salaries of the attendees at meetings held for this purpose)" about union organizing. The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council ("FAR") is to promulgate regulations implementing the Executive Order within 150 days.