OFCCP Updates Supply and Service Scheduling List

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is announcing changes allowing it to more thoroughly evaluate contractors through the strategic allocation of limited agency resources. On September 11, 2020, OFCCP published Release 1 of its fiscal year (FY) 2020 Supply and Service Scheduling List. This list was comprised of 2,250 evaluations: 500 compliance reviews…

President Biden Revokes Executive Order 13950

On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 13985, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.” This new Executive Order affirmed that “[e]qual opportunity is the bedrock of American democracy and our diversity in one of our country’s greatest strengths.” As part of the order, President Biden revoked Executive…

Announcing OFCCP’s Affirmative Action Program Focused Review Landing Page

As part of OFCCP’s commitment to affirmative action and efficiency in compliance evaluations, the agency announced that it would be conducting Affirmative Action Program (AAP) focused reviews.  OFCCP is releasing a new landing page for AAP focused reviews that provides federal contractors with information to help them understand how these reviews will be conducted. The…

OFCCP Releases Ombuds Service Annual Report

This week, OFCCP published the 2020 Ombuds Service Annual Report, an overview of the work presented to and handled by the Ombuds Service over the previous fiscal year. Topics of interest include: Common practices of the Ombuds Service once a referral is received. Presentation of quantitative data, including the quarterly distribution of referrals received, the…

OFCCP Announces New Certainty Directive

OFCCP announced a new directive to provide clear and specific guidelines consistent with the rule of law. The Certainty Directive ensures that contractors know what OFCCP expects of them so they can comply with the law. Under this new directive, OFCCP is establishing a process to facilitate the continued provision of clarity and certainty in…

OFCCP Issues Religious Exemption Final Rule

Today, OFCCP published the Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause’s Religious Exemption final rule in the Federal Register. The rule provides clarity on the religious exemption in Executive Order 11246, ensures that religious organizations can participate in federal procurement, and is a deregulatory action under Executive Order 13771. Key provisions of the final rule:…

OFCCP Releases New Technical Assistance Guide

OFCCP is pleased to announce the release of its new technical assistance guide for small contractors. The guide provides compliance assistance regarding equal employment opportunity obligations for small federal supply and service, construction contractors and subcontractors, as well as and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors. The agency considers contractors’ sizes when developing its requirements…

OFCCP Releases Updated Employment Referral Resource Directory

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has revamped the Employment Referral Resource Directory (ERRD). The ERRD lists government and nonprofit organizations as references to assist federal contractors’ hiring of qualified applicants. ERRD was developed as a compliance assistance tool to help federal contractors identify local job referral services for veterans, individuals with disabilities,…

Reasonable Accommodations for Religious Observances

As the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs begins scheduling Accommodations Focused Reviews, we would like to remind federal contractors of their obligation to grant accommodation requests from employees whose religious observances or practices require that they abstain from work during certain times of the workday or workweek (41 CFR 60-50.3). Contractors are required to…

Announcing OFCCP’s Promotions and Accommodations Focused Reviews Landing Pages

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced that it would be conducting focused reviews on promotions and accommodations. To help contractors understand how these focus reviews will be conducted and provide compliance assistance to help federal contractors understand and meet their equal employment opportunity obligations, OFCCP is launching new landing pages for…

Accommodation Strategies for Employees with Disabilities During COVID-19

Everyone is adjusting their workplace for COVID-19 and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) understands that federal contractors are trying to remain productive and are finding innovative ways to continue the work they do. In a continued effort to provide contractors with resources on how to remain in compliance, OFCCP…

OFCCP Launches New and Improved Tools

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has revamped its website recently and launched two new modernized tools–National Pre-Award Registry and VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database–to help federal contractors. The National Pre-Award Registry lists contractors that were found to be in compliance with their equal employment opportunity obligations during scheduled OFCCP compliance evaluations in the…

OFCCP has Started Scheduling the VEVRAA Focused Reviews

OFCCP has started scheduling the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) focused reviews, and we want to take this opportunity to highlight some resources and tools available to contractors preparing for focused reviews under VEVRAA–the veterans’ law that OFCCP enforces. OFCCP’s VEVRAA focused review landing page is a centralized location for information, resources and helpful…

Reminder to Update Your Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form by August 4, 2020

Lincoln Tyler and OFCCP would like to remind federal contractors and subcontractors that they have until August 4, 2020, to incorporate the updated Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form (CC-305) into their applicant and human resources systems and processes. You can download the form here. OFCCP streamlined and revised the form based on stakeholder feedback. We believe that…

OFCCP Announces New Directives to Improve Compliance Assistance

Today, OFCCP announced three new directives to maximize the effectiveness of our compliance assistance resources, increase accountability and resolve federal contractor compliance evaluations more efficiently. These directives include improved compliance evaluations, a pre-referral mediation program and Ombuds Service Supplement and Protocol. Improved Compliance Evaluations The Improved Compliance Evaluations directive outlines new steps the OFCCP are…

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Importance of Recordkeeping During the Hiring Process for Affirmative Action Compliance

In the previous article, we spoke about how keeping track of applicants affects Affirmative Action compliance, which comes with some pitfalls, can be a challenge for federal contractors and subcontractors. Adding to the trickiness is the recordkeeping and the collecting of required information regarding race, gender, disability status and veteran status. The self-ID questionnaire, which…