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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.

OFCCP Looking to Hire for Ombudsperson

As OFCCP heads into 2019, with an official Director in place, the Agency is looking towards implement many of its new Directives released in the second half of 2018. Back in September, we discussed OFCCP Directive 2018-09: OFCCP Ombud Service, one of the number of policy changes OFCCP hoped to develop to increase a sense of transparency and impartiality between it and government contractors. On December 21, OFCCP took the first step in following through on this plan by posting an opening for the Ombud position.

OFCCP Year in Review and What to Expect in 2019

The year 2018 brought increased activity and significant changes to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), including the appointment of new Director Craig E. Leen and the arrival of 12 new directives.

Craig Leen to Officially Head Up OFCCP

As reported by Bloomberg Law, and reflected on OFCCP’s website, former OFCCP Acting Director Craig Leen has now been formally named Director of OFCCP. Since being placed in the acting role this past Summer when the position was vacated by Ondray Harris, Leen has overseen the release of ten new directives and has worked tirelessly to rebuild the relationship with the Agency and the contractor community focusing on four pillars of transparency, certainty, efficiency and recognition.

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.”