The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is getting back into the swing of things as we are seeing an uptick in the number of Federal Contractors receiving audit letters. It seems that the new batch of audit letters were sent out in mid-October and they’re starting to trickle down to establishments this week. Note that there have not been any new Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSALs) sent in advance of this new batch.
If you only have one physical establishment to keep track of, be sure to watch out for any letters from the Department of Labor or the OFCCP and, if you have more than one physical establishment, inform the necessary personnel at each of your locations.
There are a number of steps that contractors can take to stay ahead of the curve and if you anticipate receiving one of these letters, the sooner you start putting together your compensation information (item 19 of the audit letter), the better. This remains to be a huge focus for the current administration and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. Preparing what you can now will make the thirty-day submittal window seem a little less narrow. For those that think the thirty-day window won’t be enough, be sure to request an extension or communicate with your Compliance Officer directly to try and settle on a more reasonable submittal date.
If you’re one of those “lucky” few that has received an audit letter already and don’t feel comfortable handling this alone, be sure to get the help you need sooner, rather than later. If you need assistance, please feel free to contact us here at Biddle. Staff@biddle.com or 800-999-0438.