To ensure “that the parties that contract with the Federal Government provide adequate COVID-19 safeguards to their workers performing on or in connection with a Federal Government contract,” President Biden has issued yet another executive order (EO) mandating that some federal contractors and subcontractors comply with Guidance published by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force.
At long last, on August 31, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the new system that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) developed for federal contractors to submit affirmative action programs (AAPs). The Affirmative Action Program Verification Interface (AAP-VI) is designed to provide covered federal contractors a method of entering, tracking, and submitting AAPs for review by OFCCP.
On July 1, 2021, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL identifying 750 Supply and Service establishment-based full compliance evaluations, Corporate Management Compliance Evaluations, Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) Reviews and University Reviews. OFCCP is not required by law to publish the CSAL, and the CSAL is distinct from the scheduling letter, which is the Office of Management Budget’s (OMB) approved letter “sent to an establishment to start the compliance evaluation process.”
On April 27, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a new executive order (EO) requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to pay a $15.00 minimum wage to the thousands of workers who are working on or in connection with federal contracts. The new EO, titled “Executive Order on Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors,” requires contractors to implement the higher minimum wage requirements by early 2022.
Despite a global pandemic, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) kept an unrelenting pace of activity in 2020. Below are the highlights from the year, and a summary of what federal contractors and subcontractors need to know.
According to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance website’s leadership team page, Jenny Yang has replaced Craig Leen as director of the agency. Yang previously served on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from 2013 to 2018 and served as a commissioner, vice chair, and chair for the agency (the latter from 2014 to 2017). Yang spearheaded the EEOC’s drive to collect pay data from private employers as part of the EEO-1 report.
On September 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled “Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.” The executive order follows a September 4, 2020, memorandum from Russell Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and introduces requirements for government contractors conducting diversity and inclusion (D&I) trainings. It is clear from the order that covered contracts, subcontracts, and grants with the U.S. federal government must control for specific language related to workplace trainings, but the order otherwise lacks guidance about changes covered contractors must make when training on D&I issues.
On August 15, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) focused on clarifying the civil rights protections for religious organizations that have federal contracts.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced on Friday, August 9, 2019, the appointment of Marcus Stergio to fill the ombudsman role in the agency’s national office. Stergio has varied experienced in dispute resolution and holds both a master’s degree in conflict resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston and participated in Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. Stergio’s role with the agency is to facilitate the resolution of disputes raised by contractors and other stakeholders, in conjunction with regional and district OFCCP offices.
On August 2, 2019, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced the release of its new compliance assistance guides.
On March 25, 2019, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a list of contractors and subcontractors identified for a potential compliance evaluation in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (which will end on September 30, 2019) on its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Library. The FY 2019 Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letter (CSAL) List is the first to be posted exclusively online, rather than sent through the United States mail.
On February 22, 2019, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it is on schedule to post its next Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) in March 2019.
Recently, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) began posting in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Library links to conciliation agreements between the agency and federal contractors that contain only material technical violations.
For the third time in the last 10 years, on August 24, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) revamped its guidance on compensation investigation and enforcement by issuing Directive 2018-05 and publishing frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the new directive.
Just two weeks after the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released two directives under Acting Director Craig Leen, the agency released three more initiatives. On August 24, 2018, OFCCP announced three directives being rolled out as “part of the Department’s efforts to maximize the effectiveness of compliance assistance outreach.”
Hitting the ground running, Acting OFCCP Director Craig Leen released two new directives on August 10, 2018.
The U.S. Department of Labor has confirmed that Ondray Harris will be stepping down as director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)—reportedly as early as by the end of this week. Harris’s appointment followed Thomas M. Dowd’s tenure as acting director and Patricia A. Shiu’s tenure as director.
According to a May 18, 2018, press release, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has extended its moratorium on enforcing the affirmative action obligations of TRICARE providers (a health care program of the U.S. Department of Defense that pays for the medical benefits of active duty and retired military personnel and their families).
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently released its scheduling methodology for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 scheduling list.
On March 28, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it will be sending out a survey “to gather more information about how [OFCCP] can continue improving communication, transparency, and timeliness during our compliance evaluations.”