New OFCCP Resources for Federal Government Contractors
Published by Eric A. Welter and Kimberly Kauffman on September 9, 2019
The OFCCP is expanding resources available to federal government contractors, including launching an online help desk.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is the agency responsible for ensuring that entities that have contracts with the federal government are complying with the laws and regulations regarding affirmative action and prohibiting discrimination. The OFCCP previously held town hall meetings in 2017 to collect stakeholder input and devised several initiatives based on this feedback, including an initiative to provide more resource guides. In accordance with this initiative, the OFCCP recently announced that it added more Compliance Assistance Guides, which can be found here. The guides include:
- OFCCP At A Glance: provides an overview of the OFCCP, and the laws and obligations it enforces
- What Federal Contractors Can Expect: details guidelines for what to expect when working with the OFCCP
- Postings and Notices Guide & Checklist: outlines the posting and notices requirements for contractors
- Section 503, VEVRAA, and EO 11246 Recordkeeping Guides: identify which records must be kept by covered contractors ad how long the records must be kept.
The OFCCP also provides an Applicant Tracking Guide and FAQs and has indicated that they will soon release technical assistance guides specifically for the supply and service and construction industries, as well as for education institutions.
In July, the OFCCP released FAQs on three topics:
- Validation of Employee Selection Procedures
- Use of “Practical Significance” By OFCCP During Compliance Review
- Determining Whether to Include Project-Based or Freelance Workers in AAPs
Finally, the OFCCP has also recently launched an “online help desk” called the Contractor Assistance Portal. The purpose of this website is to provide additional compliance assistance to federal contractors, again in accordance with the initiatives developed during the 2017 town hall meetings. The portal includes more resources for contractors and encourages contractors to discuss compliance challenges and strategies. The OFCCP will also periodically host live group discussions through the portal.
Federal contractors are encouraged to review the recent guidance and resources the OFCCP has released to ensure they are complying with all applicable requirements. The OFCCP’s release of these additional resources and information should be encouraging to contractors, as it demonstrates the agency’s willingness to follow through on its commitments to become more transparent and provide more assistance to contractors.Topics: Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance, Applicant Tracking Guide, Compliance Assistance Guides, OFCCP, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs