Tag Archives: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

OFCCP Issues New Directive in Furtherance of Commitment to Increased Transparency

by Laura A. Mitchell and Christopher T. Patrick Under the leadership of new OFCCP Director Ondray Harris, the Agency has issued its first policy directive of 2018. Directive 2018-01, effective February 27, addresses an area of concern discussed at length during the Agency’s listening sessions earlier this year: the need for increased transparency. The Directive … Continue Reading

Public Advocacy Group Sues OFCCP in Connection with EEO-1 FOIA Requests

As we’ve been discussing, now is the time for employers to be filing their annual EEO-1 reports.  Coincidentally, and perhaps not un-intentionally, Public Citizen, a non profit advocacy group is also using this time to sue OFCCP around its practices of withholding information involving employers’ EEO-1 reports. On February 26, Public Citizen filed suit in Washington … Continue Reading

Changes to EEO-1 Reporting for Employees at Client Sites

As we shared previously, the portal is currently open for EEO-1 Reporting.   In addition to the change in timing of reporting and other administrative items, the EEOC Joint Reporting Commission has made a change to the way employers must report certain types of employees. Employers with employees who “regularly report” to client sites must now report such employees … Continue Reading

Proposed Budget Seeks to Cut DOL Funds

The highly anticipated proposed budget released today by the White House included expected budget cuts for the U.S. Department of Labor.  While cutting funds for the DOL, the proposed budget did not resurrect the previously raised possible merger of OFCCP and EEOC. The President’s FY2019 Budget for the Department of Labor starts with the following introduction: … Continue Reading

Breaking News: CSALs Are In the Mail

OFCCP’s website has been updated to reflect that the Agency placed 1,000 Corporate Scheduling Announcement letters in the mail on February 1, 2018.  We have seen one of the letters – it is dated January 31, 2018, signed by new OFCCP Director Ondray Harris, and addressed generically to the “Human Resources Director.”  OFCCP last issued … Continue Reading

New OFCCP Leadership Welcomes Contractor Community During Stakeholder Meetings

This week, newly appointed OFCCP Director Ondray T. Harris, along with Special Advisor, Craig Leen, and Director of Policy, Debra Carr, held a series of meetings with various stakeholder groups from the federal contractor and civil rights communities.  This was the first opportunity for many who regularly work with OFCCP to meet Director Harris and … Continue Reading

Still No New Director for OFCCP

As of today, OFCCP remains without a new director.  According to Bloomberg News, an industry news outlet, the Department of Labor has confirmed Craig Leen has begun work as a “senior advisor” within OFCCP.  No additional information regarding his role was provided.  We will provide additional updates and details as we learn them.… Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS: Craig Leen Anticipated To Be New OFCCP Director

In an unexpected, but much awaited move, it is anticipated Craig Leen will be named as the new head of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”).  While the Department of Labor has not formally confirmed or commented on this development, Leen’s appointment would come more than a year after Patricia Shiu departed the position in November 2016.  Since that … Continue Reading

Update on OFCCP/EEOC Merger

In a recent letter responding to an inquiry regarding the proposed merger between OFCCP and EEOC, Acting OFCCP Director Tom Dowd detailed the regulatory requirements to undertake a merger, which would take effect in 2019.  He also suggested interim alternatives exist to achieve the efficiencies intended by the merger, implying the proposed merger is unlikely to occur. Director Dowd’s letter … Continue Reading

OFCCP Announces Dates for Contractor Town Hall Meetings

Following up on Interim Director Tom Dowd’s recent commitment for more agency transparency and communication, OFCCP has announced three upcoming town hall meetings.  In its announcement, OFCCP stated the purpose of the town halls were to obtain contractor views and learn about contractor experiences implementing and managing nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity requirements to allow OFCCP “”to enhance … Continue Reading

EEOC Update from ILG National Conference

Day two of the 2017 ILG National Conference is in the books.  Conference attendees had a variety of sessions to choose from that covered topics across the spectrum.  The morning, however, kicked-off with a much anticipated keynote address from Acting EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic.  Commission Lipnic spoke at last year’s conference, prior to being appointed Acting … Continue Reading

Greetings from San Antonio – Home of the 2017 ILG National Conference

Hello everyone and welcome to Texas! While activities technically started yesterday with pre-conference sessions and the vendor reception last night, today is the official start of the 2017 ILG National Conference.  The conference kicked-off with a live Mariachi Band and festive dancers in brightly colored traditional outfits – a great welcome to San Antonio for all in attendance. … Continue Reading

What’s on OFCCP’s Agenda?

The short answer to this question is not much, or so it seems. Part of the reason for this is likely the fact we are still awaiting selection of a new OFCCP Director.  Deputy OFCCP Director Thomas M. Dowd currently continues in the position of Acting Director and we’ve not heard any news regarding DOL … Continue Reading

Breaking News: EEOC/OFCCP Proposed Merger Resulting in Unexpected Allies

As we speculated yesterday, the White House’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 proposes to merge the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In the proposed budget, released this morning, the OFCCP would see its budget reduced from $105 million to approximately $88 million and have its … Continue Reading

Is a Merger of OFCCP and EEOC on the Horizon?

In February 2017, we speculated whether the Trump Administration would eliminate the OFCCP as a possible cost-cutting measure.  The discussion has continued since that time, and has, in the past weeks gathered more interest. The latest on the topic of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) fate stems from a recommendation by the Heritage … Continue Reading

Veteran Hiring Benchmark Reduced – Again

OFCCP has released its revised VEVRAA hiring benchmark for 2017.  The agency has lowered the benchmark to 6.7 percent, down from the previous 6.9 percent mark. As was the case last year, the agency provided guidance for contractors to implement the new benchmark stating: Contractors who adopted the previous year’s national benchmark of 6.9 percent after … Continue Reading

Audit Letters Are In The Mail

As an update to last month’s report that OFCCP has put 800 establishments on notice of upcoming audits, we have learned that as of Friday, March 17, 2017, OFCCP has started sending out letters actually initiating audits. Unlike the courtesy scheduling announcement letters (CSALs) which provide advance notice of an audit, the Scheduling Letters put … Continue Reading

OFCCP Revises Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

Pursuant to President Obama’s pay transparency executive order (Executive Order 13665), which amended Executive Order 11246, federal contractors must incorporate the OFCCP-prescribed Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision (PTNP) in employee handbooks (or implement a stand-alone policy) and post it for applicants and employees.  OFCCP recently revised the required provision to include a cite to the regulation (41 C.F.R. … Continue Reading

Trump Administration Sending Mixed Signals about Support of LGBT of Rights

In addition to issues involving the environment, immigration, and national security, the Trump Administration has been in the headlines recently for its stance on matters impacting the LGBT community. As we reported in a late-January, after close deliberation with daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, President Trump expressed support for LGBT rights and vowed to leave intact … Continue Reading

Update: Additional information on CSALs

As a follow up to our post yesterday, there is additional information available regarding OFCCP’s recent mailing out of courtesy scheduling announcement letters. After a hiatus for the past few years, OFCCP has officially confirmed it has once again sent out CSALs. dated February 17th.  Here are some additional details regarding this wave of notices: OFCCP is characterizing … Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS: Advance OFCCP Audit Notification Letters Sent Out

It has come to our attention that OFCCP has sent out Courtesy Scheduling Announcement Letters providing contractors with advance notice of upcoming OFCCP audits.  Signed by interim Director Tom Dowd, dated February 17, 2017 and addressed generically to Human Resources Director, the letters provide warning that the establishment listed has been selected for an impending OFCCP compliance … Continue Reading

OFCCP – Here to Stay or Not? Signs Indicate OFCCP Will Survive

With the transition to a new presidential administration well under way, everyone is looking for signs to help predict the future.  Given President Trump’s sweeping executive action, including entering an Executive Order requiring the identification of two regulations to be eliminated for every new regulation proposed, the question of whether the make-up of the federal agencies as we … Continue Reading