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OFCCP Seeking Comment on Contractor Disability Inclusion Recognition Program

Appearing in today’s federal register is OFCCP’s request for comment on the proposed structure and details of the agency’s new Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award.  The award

will highlight successful practices and strategies of contractors that have expanded and improved recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

In August, at the ILG National Conference, Acting Director Leen announced the Agency’s intention to develop programs to recognize contractors for their excellence in affirmative action.  Following the announcement, OFCCP released Directive 2018 -06 which formalized OFCCP’s intention to develop such programs.  We understand OFCCP intends to implement a separate recognition award for programs focusing on race, gender and veteran inclusion.

Through today’s Notice, the Agency is seeking feedback on the draft award nomination form and instructions to be considered for the award.  As proposed, there are four threshold criteria to being eligible for consideration and seven required elements to the nomination submission.

This is OFCCP’s first policy initiative under Harvey Fort, who moved into an Acting Director role of OFCCP’s Office of Policy and Development following Debra Carr’s departure from the agency at the end of last month.

The public comment period ends December 4, 2018.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2020National Law Review, Volume VIII, Number 278


About this Author

Laura Mitchell, Jackson Lewis, Management Representation lawyer, Contractual Drafting Attorney

Laura A. Mitchell is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents management exclusively in all areas of employment law, focusing on affirmative action and government contractor compliance.

Ms. Mitchell is a Principal in the firm’s Affirmative Action and OFCCP Defense practice group, representing government and non-government contractors in Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) matters, preparing for and defending OFCCP audits, and counseling employers on issues stemming...