Continuing its torrent of recent activity aimed at increasing federal contractor voluntary compliance with affirmative action obligations, the OFCCP announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG). In making the announcement, OFCCP stated, “At OFCCP we have learned that, before we can achieve broader compliance success, first we need to up the level of trust, communication, and education we provide to contractors.”
The MOU sets forth several broad goals, including:
- Contractor Education and Training
- Helping Contractors Comply with OFCCP’s Regulations
- Sharing proactive and innovative solutions to minimize operational, organizational, and attitudinal barriers that may obstruct affirmative action and employment opportunity
- Exploring how contractors have successfully implemented and used apprenticeship programs to develop a pipeline of diverse workers
This is just another example of how the agency is putting what they learn from contractors into action. These goals will again push contractors to utilize their resources to achieve compliance success.