Early in the Trump Administration, it was proposed to move OFCCP into the EEOC. Congress subsequently rejected the budget proposal containing the proposed merger and the idea was put to rest.
Not to give up it’s quest to streamline the Administration and propose budget-saving measures, the Administration recently proposed a merger of the Departments of Labor and Education into an umbrella agency to be named The Department of Education and the Workforce. According to a statement by Mick Mulvaney, Director of Office of Management and Budget:
The federal government is bloated, opaque, bureaucratic, and inefficient. President Trump understands the frustration felt by hard-working Americans… I am eager to work with my colleagues across the executive branch and in Congress to deliver a more trusted and efficient government that puts the American taxpayer first.
According to the statement, merging the departments would better address the “skill needs of American students and workers in a coordinated way.”
The proposal does not specifically address the detailed impact a merger might have on OFCCP, but shows OFCCP residing in an enforcement arm of the new agency, post-merger. (Page 26 of the Plan) The merger likely would require Congress’ approval and could take years to implement, thus its future is anything but certain. As always, we will be sure to report the latest developments.