Recently, the OFCCP has taken an important step towards increasing transparency and accountability of its enforcement efforts. The OFCCP’s new “By The Numbers” webpage provides important enforcement statistics that Federal contractors have been yearning for. Please note, that while OFCCP’s enforcement statistics have always been publicly available, the data was not immediately meaningful and required additional analyses to uncover important patterns, e.g., the number of compliance evaluations per year, results of the compliance evaluations, completion types, monetary relief, etc. Due to its inherent inaccessibility, this rich resource has been largely ignored.
Fortunately, the OFCCP’s new “By The Numbers” webpage makes all this information easy to access and understand. Front and center on the new webpage are the dollar amount of the Monetary Relief OFCCP has obtained, the number of Employees Receiving Monetary Relief, the Job Opportunities and Salary Adjustments provided to affected individuals, and the Scope of the OFCCP’s Reviews.
Additionally, in its continued effort to close the pay gap, the OFCCP has published the new “Earnings Disparities Data” webpage. This site provides comparisons of earnings by race, gender and ethnicity across states and at the national level. According to the OFCCP, the goal of the Earnings Disparities Data webpage is “to identify compensation trends, promote voluntary contractor compliance, and empower workers and job seekers to advocate for equal pay [emphasis added].” Front and center on this webpage is an interactive map with each State highlighted according to the level of disparities (i.e., lower, middle, higher) of Females Earnings per Dollar of Male Earnings.
Contributing author: Dan Kuang, Ph.D., Vice President of Legal and Audit Support, Biddle Consulting Group, Inc.