Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP or “the Agency”) remains busy, and there are several recent developments of which all contractors should be aware. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has finally approved the Agency’s new Scheduling Letters, and the OFCCP will soon begin using those for compliance evaluations, compliance checks, and focused reviews. The Agency also recently issued three new Directives – Efficiency in Compliance Evaluations, Pre-Referral Mediation Program, and the Ombuds Service Supplement. Contractors should pay careful attention to the requirements in the new Scheduling Letters when responding to new audits, and should keep in mind the opportunities identified in the three new Directives whenever interacting with the OFCCP.
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