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OFCCP Listened: Contractor Recognition Program Directive

In keeping with the theme of recognition that Acting Director Craig Leen shared earlier in August at the 2018 National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) conference, on August 24, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued Directive 2018-06, “Contractor Recognition Program.” This directive is an apparent nod to the contractor community, which has voiced a desire for the return of the OFCCP recognition awards that were rescinded during the Obama administration, and is an acknowledgment by the agency that positive recognition programs can encourage more comprehensive and proactive compliance efforts.

It appears OFCCP will offer recognition programs for contactors that are determined to have implemented best or model practices, established a mentoring program to assist peers improving compliance, and created other initiatives to encourage collaboration.  

OFCCP did not provide any timeline on the development of the initiative or many details on how it plans to implement it.

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T. Scott Kelly, Defense Contracting Attorney, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins Law firm
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Scott Kelly provides practical solutions for federal contractors and subcontractors across the United States to comply with the ever-changing affirmative action obligations imposed by doing business with the federal government.  He advocates on behalf of his clients in compliance evaluations and administrative enforcement actions triggered by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).  Mr. Kelly assists manufacturing, transportation, construction, food processing, hospitality, healthcare, and financial institutions...

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Lauren Hicks devotes the majority of her practice to representing federal contractors and subcontractors in compliance evaluations and administrative enforcement actions triggered by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Ms. Hicks counsels employers on the preparation, management, and defense of their affirmative action programs and related matters, including jurisdictional analyses and preventative strategies. She has extensive experience with investigating and resolving systemic discrimination issues stemming from statistical disparities in hiring, compensation, and testing. Ms. Hicks has litigated numerous claims before courts and administrative agencies.

Ms. Hicks most recently served as a District Director for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in the United States Department of Labor. In that role Ms. Hicks oversaw hundreds of OFCCP compliance evaluations, resolving

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