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OFCCP Continues Increased Transparency and Certainty by Announcing Use of Opinion Letters and Help Desk

As we reported on Friday, November 30, OFCCP began it’s 2019 fiscal year by releasing a rash of new directives. On Monday, we looked at the rescission of Obama Administration’s Active Case Enforcement (ACE) directive. Yesterday, we reviewed OFCCP’s new guidance on Early Resolution Procedures. Today we review the third Directive – Directive 2019-03: Opinion Letters and Help Desk.

OFCCP Continues Efforts to Maximize Efficiency and Increase Transparency with Three New Directives

On November 30, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued three new directives that it describes as reinforcing OFCCP’s “commitment to fulfilling its enforcement mission with more accountability and efficiency, as well as [its] efforts to maximize the effectiveness of compliance assistance outreach to assist contractors in meeting their responsibilities.”1

OFCCP Incentivizes Employers to Choose Early Resolution of Audits

As we reported last Friday, OFCCP has kicked-off 2019 with a bang – issuing three directives in a single day.

OFCCP Issues Three New Directives Aimed at Enhancing Accountability and Efficiency

On November 30, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced it was rolling out three directives to “reinforce OFCCP’s commitment to fulfilling its enforcement mission with more accountability and efficiency, as well as the Department’s efforts to maximize the effectiveness of compliance assistance outreach to assist contractors in meeting their responsibilities.”

OFCCP Issues First Directive of FY 2019: Formally Rescinds Previous Enforcement Procedures

Last Friday, OFCCP kicked off the 2019 fiscal year with its first of three new Directives: “Directive 2019-01 – Compliance Review Procedures,” which rescinds the Obama Administration’s Active Case Enforcement (ACE) approach to audits – Directive 2011-01. The ACE Directive was itself a replacement of the Bush Administration’s Active Case Management Directive (ACM).

OFCCP Rescinds ACE, Issues Additional New Directives

Today, on the last day of the month, OFCCP has released three new directives – the first three of the Agency’s 2019 Fiscal Year – and continues the string of directives issued by the new administration, bringing the number to an even dozen.

OFCCP Eases Requirements for Contracts to Provide California Wildfire Relief

On November 20, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced plans to assist those affected by the California wildfires. The DOL’s actions include relief efforts by a number of agencies. In terms of federal contractors, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) temporarily suspended certain requirements, “allowing businesses involved in wildfire relief the ability to prioritize recovery efforts.”

OFCCP’s Agenda for 2019: More Audits and Increased Transparency

As contractors start to see new scheduling letters arrive from OFCCP’s latest round of advance notification letters, OFCCP has new opportunities to demonstrate its commitment to transparency, through implementation of the Agency’s recently released Directive 2018-08: Transparency in OFCCP Compliance Activities.

OFCCP Updates in the Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda

On October 17, 2018, the Trump administration issued its Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which reports on actions administrative agencies plan to issue within the next year. The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has two planned updates identified in the agenda.

OFCCP Seeks Public Comment on Leadership in Equal Access and Diversity Award

Late last week, OFCCP published a notice in the federal register seeking public comment regarding its proposed Leadership in Equal Access and Diversity (“LEAD”) Award.