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OFCCP Releases Action Plan for Compliance Assistance; Lowers VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark

Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2018 6:25 am

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published an action plan to enhance federal contractor understanding of their obligations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action.  The action plan was developed after the agency conduct three town hall meetings and three stakeholder sessions between September of 2017 and January of 2018. These sessions identified three areas of focus for OFCCP moving forward:  training, communication and trust.  With these focus points in mind, the OFCCP will develop three initiatives to improve the services it provides: 

  • Reviewing and enhancing contractor compliance assistance materials;
  • Assessing and improving the quality of contractor and compliance officer training and education; and
  • Increasing transparency and communication with agency stakeholders.

Specifically, the agency will create three technical guides to replace outdated contractor guidance (a Supply & Service Technical Assistance Guide, a Construction Technical Assistance Guide, and an Academic Institutions Technical Assistance Guide).  It will assess and improve contractor training, and develop written documentation that better communicates agency expectations, as well as matters like indicators of a violation, the basis for a supplemental data request and how to conduct a meaningful compensation self-assessment. 

OFCCP also lowered the 2018 Annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark to 6.4 percent, effective March 31, 2018.  Contractors that are obligated to develop an affirmative action program must establish a hiring benchmark for protected veterans each year, or adopt the national benchmark established by OFCCP.  The agency maintains and updates a national benchmark chart annually for contractors who elect to set their benchmark utilizing the national benchmark.  It also maintains a database of information, including national and state data, for use by those contractors that choose to set their own benchmark standard.

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