The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a scheduling list that includes the establishments that will be scheduled for focused reviews to evaluate their compliance with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act (VEVRAA). This list contains 500 establishments and is a supplement to the scheduling list first released on March 25, 2019 that included 3,500 establishments to be scheduled for compliance reviews, Section 503 focused reviews, compliance checks, Functional AAP reviews, or Corporate Management Compliance Evaluations.
While many companies are focused on filing their EEO-1 Component 2 reports by the September 30th deadline, for some federal contractors, there is also the annual requirement for the VETS 4212 report to be filed by that date.
OFCCP recently released a new webpage aimed at providing compliance assistance documents to contractors. This page was developed as a result of the OFCCP town hall meetings and includes an OFCCP overview brochure, which introduces the agency and its enforcement approach to contractors. There is a “what to expect” document, which outlines items the agency expects from contractors as well as the rights contractors have when interfacing with the agency in a compliance review or investigation.
OFCCP is now accepting applications for the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Award! This award recognizes federal contractors who have made it their mission to hire, recruit, and retain America’s heroes. Organizations of all sizes can apply, over 230 organizations received the award last year and the process is easy and secure.
The application period is open from now through April 30. Click here for more details.
As has been the norm during the Spring months, the OFCCP has reassessed the Annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark. For Affirmative Action Plans developed after March 31, 2019, the national benchmark for the percentage of Protected Veterans contractors should seek to hire is 5.9 percent.
The recipients of the 2018 Program Demonstration Awards have been released. The HIRE Vets Act, which was signed by President Trump in 2017, recognizes employers who recruit, employ and retain veterans. There are awards for small, medium, and large corporations that consist of two tiers: gold and platinum. The criteria for recognition consists of the percentage of new hire veterans, percentage of veterans retained, and total number of veterans employed. Leadership opportunities, training, and tuition assistance for veterans are also considered when recognizing the employers. Notable large companies recognized in 2018 are Southwest Airlines, Northrup Grumman, and Leidos. For a full list of the award recipients as well as the full criteria and application process for the 2019 awards please visit https://www.hirevets.gov/.
On Monday, Craig Leen, Acting Director of OFCCP, issued a National Exemption (NIE) Memorandum to federal contracting agencies notifying them to grant a limited exemption to new supply and service or construction contracts specifically created to provide Hurricane Michael relief. This relief effort is similar to what was done with new federal contracts to provide relief for Hurricane Florence last month.