The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced its intent to revise its functional affirmative action program (FAAP) approval and renewal process to encourage greater participation by federal contractors.

According to a notice published in the Federal Register on September 11, 2018, OFCCP is seeking approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the federal Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) to revise its current FAAP program directive to:

  • Expand the term of a FAAP agreement from three to five years;
  • Eliminate the requirement that FAAP contractors undergo at least one audit during the term of a FAAP agreement;
  • Expand the post-audit exemption period for audited FAAPs from two to three years;
  • Eliminate consideration of a contractor’s EEO compliance history when deciding whether to approve a FAAP application;
  • Remove the three-year waiting period for reapplying for a FAAP following termination of an agreement; and
  • Eliminate the annual update requirement.

Under PRA clearance procedures, interested parties have the opportunity to submit comments to OFCCP on its proposed revisions.

Members of the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) can read more here.