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Modernized OFCCP Website Tools: The National Pre-Award Registry and VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database

On August 10, 2020, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) updated its website, including revamping the National Pre-Award Registry and the VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database. These new features provide helpful information to contractors and contracting officials and help to streamline navigation among OFCCP’s website content and tools. Furthermore, the updated tools enhance information accessibility to individuals with vision impairments.

Prior to awarding a supply and service contract, contracting officer must request pre-award clearance from OFCCP, unless the proposed contractor is listed on the Pre-Award Registry. The Pre-Award Registry is a search engine that identifies federal contractors who have been compliant with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations, meaning they have undergone a compliance evaluation and received a Notice of Compliance, within the past two years. The Pre-Award Registry is updated nightly and permits users to search the name of the contractor facility and export search results in Excel. Notably, the Pre-Award Registry includes only information for the contractor facility searched, not the parent organization or other facility locations (unless the locations have been audited within the past two years). Federal contracting officers rely on the Pre-Award Registry during the contract procurement process, so it is important that contractors continue to comply with EEO regulations.

The Hiring Benchmark Database provides a one-page summary of the annual VEVRAA hiring benchmarks necessary for affirmative action program. VEVRAA requires that contractors establish a hiring benchmark by either adopting the national percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force (which is currently 5.7%) or calculating their own benchmark by taking into account five factors set forth in OFCCP’s regulations. Thus, the Hiring Benchmark Database is a useful tool that contractors can turn to when assessing the effectiveness of their outreach and hiring of veterans.

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Kristin Jones Pierre Labor & Employment Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath Minneapolis, MN

Kristin Jones Pierre advises management nationwide on complex workplace matters, including identifying long-term strategies and best practices to reduce employment-related legal risks while meeting business needs. She represents employers of all sizes, including public and private companies, emerging businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Employment Counseling

Kristin helps employers identify employment obligations, risks and liabilities from hiring practices to termination. Her experience includes advising employers on:

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Stacie L. Linguist Commercial Litigation & Government Contracts Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath Minneapolis, MN

Stacie Linguist represents clients in commercial litigation and government contracts matters. Stacie helps clients resolve business disputes, obtain government contracts and respond to government investigations. She has worked with clients in a number of industries, including financial services, insurance, health care, defense and technology.

Litigation and Investigations

Stacie litigates bid protests before the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and state agencies and departments, conducts internal investigations, and responds to Inspector General and Department of Justice investigations.

In the commercial realm, Stacie has experience representing banks and insurance companies in financial services and consumer litigation. She also helps companies protect their trade secrets through litigation.

Contracts and Procurement

Stacie advises government contractors when bidding on, negotiating and performing government contracts. Her expertise includes:

  • Evaluating corporate transactions by conducting due diligence on issues unique to government contracting
  • Analyzing and drafting agreements between and among government contractors
  • Counseling on forming teaming agreements and subcontracts
  • Advising contractors facing threatened suspension and debarment
  • Appealing formal size determinations and advising on other issues arising under the Small Business Administration (SBA)

Tax Liens

Stacie helps banks and financial services organizations resolve tax lien issues to maintain profitability of their properties. She guides clients through recovery options, including:

  • Administratively redeeming properties when possible
  • Interfacing with tax assessment officials and tax lien investors to negotiate recoveries
  • Going to court to overturn tax sales

Personal Interests

Stacie enjoys long-distance running and participating in philanthropic races. Married to a college football coach, she is often found at the gridiron watching his teams compete.