Magazine article Personnel Journal

OFCCP Begins Consideration of Major Regulation Changes

Magazine article Personnel Journal

OFCCP Begins Consideration of Major Regulation Changes

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THE OFFICE OF FEDERAL Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently has held a series of off-the-record meetings to explore possible changes to its regulations implementing Executive Order 11246.

Executive Order 11246 requires federal contractors and subcontractors who hold government contracts of at least $50,000 annually and who employ at least 50 workers to develop affirmative action plans and take steps to eliminate employment discrimination.

The discussed changes address the first phase of OFCCP's ultimate goal of obtaining a total revision of the regulations. The second phase will address topics related to writing an affirmative action plan.

Key to the first phase will be strengthening enforcement and widening the choice of sanctions, particularly for repeat offenders and egregious violations. Other areas under consideration in this first phase include: reducing federal contractors' paperwork burden, reexamining pre-award compliance review issues and changing current record-keeping requirements.

Among the options under consideration for violation of Executive Order 11246 are: "(1) debarment for a minimum fixed term; (2) withholding progress payments; (3) remedial monetary sanctions; and (4) imposition of selected sanctions prior to an administrative hearing. …

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