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OFCCP Launches Section 503 Focused Review Informational Webpage

In August 2018, OFCCP released Directive 2018-04 announcing the Agency’s implementation of Section 503 Focused Reviews. Long a priority Director Craig Leen, the Agency is hopeful the reviews will improve compliance with the regulations and promulgate EEO for Individuals with Disabilities. OFCCP has indicated it will start scheduling the Section 503 Focused Reviews with the Agency’s upcoming round of CSALs.

OFCCP Releases Section 503 Focused Review FAQs

Last summer, OFCCP put contractors on notice that it was preparing to implement focused reviews of contractors’ compliance with Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) when it issued Directive 2018-04.1 On March 8, 2019, the OFCCP issued its much-anticipated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to address what contractors can expect during a Section 503 focused review.

OFCCP Sheds More Light on Section 503 Focused Reviews

On March 8, 2019, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it has published a landing page containing information about Section 503 focused reviews. OFCCP touts the new landing page as a resource for contractors to help them institute best practices with a goal of increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities. Among the resources on the landing page are “disability inclusion best practices, documents explaining what to expect during a Focused Review, and important OFCCP contact information.”

OFCCP Announces Section 503 Best Practices and Other Initiatives During Tech Sector Town Halls

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently held two town-hall meetings to discuss compliance issues relevant to federal contractors and subcontractors in the technology sector.

OFCCP Announces Timing of CSAL List Posting

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. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 CSAL List is the first that will be posted exclusively online, rather than sending advanced contractor notifications through the United States mail to individual establishments. As a result, OFCCP’s announcement encourages contractors to subscribe to its email updates to receive notifications going forward.

Head’s-Up: OFCCP to Post CSAL in Mid-to-Late March 2019

OFCCP announced Friday that it will post a new Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL)(formerly known as Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letter or Courtesy Scheduling Announcement Letter) in “mid-to-late March.” As previously announced, OFCCP now makes the CSAL publically available and, for the first time, OFCCP will send no letters to federal contractors – thus the changed reference to Corporate Scheduling Announcement List instead of “letter”. Instead, the March 2019 CSAL will appear only in OFCCP’s FOIA Library.

Section 503–Focused Review Letters Anticipated to Be Issued Soon

In August 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued Directive 2018-04, which notified contractors that it was “in the process of implementing a comprehensive initiative that seeks to ensure compliance with equal employment opportunity and anti-discrimination regulations.” Specifically, the directive identified OFCCP’s plan to conduct compliance reviews focused on one of the three authorities that OFCCP is charged to enforce: Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA).

Through the Veil: OFCCP’s Transparency Results in Even Minor Contractor Violations Being Published by the Agency

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. Until now, the only conciliation agreements posted in OFCCP’s FOIA library have been those in which OFCCP has identified material discrimination violations.

OFCCP Releases New Enterprise-wide Voluntary Compliance Program

On the eve of St. Valentine’s Day, OFCCP is wanting contractors to feel the love. In its fourth directive of fiscal year 2019, OFCCP has unveiled a Voluntary Enterprise-wide Review Program, otherwise referred to as VERP.

OFCCP Opinion Letters – The Agency Wants To Answer Contractors’ Questions

As part of OFCCP’s continuing efforts at transparency, the Agency in late-November 2018 issued a Directive stating it would develop “a dynamic and searchable publically available source of Help Desk questions and answers to assist contractors.” Moreover, the Directive announced OFCCP would issue Opinion Letters to provide guidance on specific topics, either in response to Help Desk inquiries or in response to direct requests for Opinion Letters.