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OFCCP Introduces Virtual Compliance Help Desk, Continuing Its Trend Toward Increased Cooperation with Federal Contractors

As we have previously noted for readers who are federal contractors and subcontractors, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) continues to make good on its express goals of increasing transparency and cooperation with federal contractors. In February of this year, OFCCP announced the development of the Focus Audit Scheduling Letter, which truncates reviews during audits. Similarly, in September of last year, OFCCP issued Directive 2018-08, which highlighted the various steps the office took to increase transparency and cooperation in 2018.

Last week, OFCCP took another step in continuation of this trend, introducing a virtual compliance help desk designed to assist government contractors with navigating the myriad compliance issues they face  performing under contract for the federal government. The help desk aims to provide numerous benefits to federal contractors and subcontractors, including:

  • enabling companies to ask questions directly to OFCCP regarding specific compliance issues they are facing;

  • providing companies with compliance guidance materials and resources;

  • summarizing common compliance issues companies face and offering practical solutions; and

  • sharing with companies the successful strategies employed by other federal contractors.

With this new wealth of information and insight provided by OFCCP, federal contractors and subcontractors should take steps now to take advantage of this tool and to make any necessary changes to their practices to meet their compliance obligations.

OFCCP has plans to continue development of the help desk, and we will be on the lookout for new features and compliance assistance resources to share with our readers as they become available.

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About this Author

Michael Ryan, Employment Lawyer, Foley Gardere Law Firm

Michael Ryan is a labor and employment associate in Foley Gardere’s Houston office. His practice involves counseling employers on a wide-range of employment matters, including hiring and firing decisions, EEO and FLSA matters, enforcement of personnel policies, leave issues, accommodations, drug testing laws, classification of employees and other wage and hour matters, OSHA claims, safety regulations and governmental investigations. Michael represents clients of all sizes, including multinational corporations, local businesses and executives. He has represented clients in various sectors,...