In the next chapter of the EEO pay data collection story, the EEOC announced today it has contracted with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) to

conduct an independent assessment of the quality and utility of the EEO-1 Component 2 data for FY 2017 and 2018.

This is not an unexpected move and in large part, anticipated, especially after remarks by Commissioner Victoria Lipnic and others after the Agency collected the data as required by court order last year.

In its announcement, the Agency indicated the analysis of the data commenced July 1 and is scheduled to last through calendar year 2021.

EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon believes the study will

not only answer critical questions about the data that was collected, but will give the Commission valuable information as we consider the future of pay data collection.

CNSTAT is no stranger to evaluating pay data reporting as it assessed methods for measuring and collecting pay information for the Agency in 2012 and issued a final report, Collecting Compensation Data from Employers, which has been an insightful reference and guide-book since its issuance.

We look forward to learning the results of CNSTAT’s current assessment.

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Laura A. Mitchell is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is a member of the firm’s Affirmative Action and OFCCP Defense practice group as well as the firm’s Pay Equity Resource Group. She is also on the…

Laura A. Mitchell is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is a member of the firm’s Affirmative Action and OFCCP Defense practice group as well as the firm’s Pay Equity Resource Group. She is also on the leadership team for the firm’s Government Contractor Industry Group.

Her practice is focused on representing government and non-government contractors in OFCCP matters, preparing for and defending OFCCP audits, and counseling employers on issues stemming from OFCCP regulations. Ms. Mitchell personally oversees the development of hundreds of AAPs each year and is intimately involved in the defense of numerous OFCCP audits. She also spends significant time counseling companies in connection with conducting pay equity analyses as well as government contractor employment obligations.

Ms. Mitchell is the editor and a principal contributor of The Affirmative Action Law Advisor blog and frequently presents on pay equity, affirmative action compliance, OFCCP enforcement trends, and government contractor obligations.

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