We’ve previously written about OFCCP’s July 30 and 31 submission of revised proposals for regulations on compliance obligations regarding Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities to the of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for approval.  If OMB determines no additional comment is needed to approve OFCCP’s regulations, OFCCP could soon published final versions in the Federal Register.

Following OFCCP’s recent submission of the regulations to OMB, members of the contracting community – including American Hotel & Lodging Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Center for Corporate Equality, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, Equal Employment Advisory Council, Society for Human Resource Management, and the United States Chamber of Commerce – sent a joint letter to the newly‑sworn‑in Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez  requesting a meeting with the Secretary and “key Department officials” to

explore the genuine barriers to increased employment for persons with disabilities and [to] work together to remove them” without creating “unachievable standards and burdensome requirements on federal contractors.

It is unclear whether such meeting with Secretary Perez will occur or if the letter and any follow-up will delay OMB’s final decision on OFCCP’s pending regulations.  Notably however, members of the some of th eabove organizations recently met with representatives from OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to discuss concerns with the proposed regulations.

Yet again, stay tuned. . . .  We’ll have more as it develops.