OFCCP is Committed to Keeping Your Data Safe

During the COVID-19 pandemic, while securely teleworking, OFCCP remains committed to safeguarding any nonpublic, confidential, and sensitive data it receives from contractors and complainants during compliance evaluations and investigations.

OFCCP has had a long-standing policy that requires compliance officers to store information received from contractors on the agency’s secure network. The network is only accessible using government-issued computers through the agency’s secure VPN. In addition, all compliance officers are required to complete annual training from DOL and OFCCP on safeguarding data.

Contractors also have the option of sending their data to OFCCP via their company’s secure data or email portals.

COVID-19 Updates for FAAP Participants

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) remains fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OFCCP’s Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) team is working remotely and is continuing to process Functional Affirmative Action Program requests and certifications. During the pandemic, we have made adjustments to ensure that we continue to maintain a high level of service for stakeholders consistent with current public health guidelines.

For FAAP contractors, and contractors interested in entering into FAAP agreements, we are available to meet by phone, WebEx, and Skype.

All requests for agreement modifications, new application requests, updates, and certifications of FAAP agreements will be emailed for review and electronic signature.

Finalized agreements will be signed by the Director and returned to the contractor electronically.

If contractors are experiencing any challenges related to COVID-19, OFCCP will remain flexible by coordinating with them and providing reasonable extensions where needed. FAAP contractors should reach out to OFCCP’s FAAP unit at OFCCP_FAAP-UNIT@dol.gov if they have any questions regarding their agreements.

OFCCP Grants COVID-19 National Interest Exemption

To facilitate response efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic, OFCCP recently granted a three-month National Interest Exemption for contracts providing COVID-19 relief.

This exemption extends to all affirmative action obligations of supply and service and construction contracts, as well as other obligations under Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. This exemption does not apply to the processing of complaints of discrimination under applicable regulations, nor does it exempt covered contractors from their obligation to comply with other federal, state and local civil rights laws.

For more information, please call OFCCP’s toll-free helpline at 1-800-397-6251 or visit our COVID-19 FAQs.

Affirmative Action Programs Course

The Contractor Compliance Institute (CCI) is our new on-demand learning management system that is designed to provide federal contractors with compliance assistance tools to comply with our equal employment regulations.

The latest online course we added to CCI is Developing Affirmative Action Programs (AAPs). This course has five modules that are scenario based, designed to provide guidance on how to develop AAPs. Federal contractors can take this course to learn and develop the necessary skills to comply with their nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements.

The course modules cover the following topics:

AAP Overview
Who is Responsible For AAPs
The Data You Need When Creating AAPs
AAP Components and Contractor Commitments
Auditing Personnel Processes and Addressing Issues

OFCCP is committed to providing proactive, meaningful compliance assistance to help contractors understand and meet their equal employment opportunity obligations. We hope the release of the Contractor Compliance Institute will further this aim and serve as a useful tool for federal contractors.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a temporary exemption from certain federal contracting requirements. For a period of three months, from March 17, 2020 to June 17, 2020, and subject to possible extension, new federal contracts to provide COVID-19 relief efforts will be exempt from several obligations under Executive Order 11246; The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended; and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

OFCCP also updated the Federal Contractor Compliance Manual.