The Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced that the deadline to apply for the Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award (EDI) has been extended to November 1, 2019. The award is a collaboration between the OFCCP and Office of Disability Employment Policy. It “recognizes federal contractors who are leaders in expanding opportunity to Americans with disabilities in the workplace.”
Award recipients will be recognized by the DOL and receive a three-year moratorium for OFCCP compliance evaluations. Your organization will need to weigh these benefits against the potential outlay in terms of time, expense, and inconvenience:
- the time required to prepare the application, especially if not selected;
- participation in a post-award “Year of Engagement” (see below);
- applications are limited to a specific location;
- the moratorium is only good for that specific location; and,
- your application could possibly invite OFCCP scrutiny.
To apply, a federal contractor must meet four criteria to be eligible to receive the award, including current “good standing” related to compliance with the three EEO laws enforced by the OFCCP: Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.
The EDI Award program will reward up to two “large” and two “small” federal contractor establishments with the Gold Award. These recipients will receive the three-year moratorium on compliance evaluations with the OFCCP. Additionally, up to 20 federal contractors will be recognized as “Pacesetters” (honorable mentions).
Gold Award winners will be required to participate in a post-award “Year of Engagement” program in which the OFCCP and ODEP will “oversee” winners’ outreach efforts and work with them to develop tools and educational materials for the broader federal contractor community. “Pacesetters” will be invited, but not required, to participate.
To apply and learn more visit the Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award page here.