Census 2010 EEO Tabulation

OFCCP Posts Date Contractors Must Use New Census EEO Tab

OFCCP has posted a notice informing contractors of the date by which they must begin using the 2006-2010 Census EEO Tabulation in the development of their written affirmative action programs (AAPs).

Federal contractors must begin using the 2010 EEO Tab to develop all AAPs commencing on or after January 1, 2014. All 2013 plans may be developed using the Census 2000 Special EEO File. Contractors may begin using the 2010 EEO Tab immediately, if they prefer.

From the notice:

OFCCP reached out to contractors and others to obtain their views on a range of issues related to transitioning to the new EEOTab. By hosting two nationwide Web chats, OFCCP recognized that some contractors have already prepared their AAPs for 2013 using the earlier data. OFCCP further recognized that, for many contractors, converting their IT systems and availability calculations to the new data will take time due to changes in the coding and categorization of data in the 2010 EEO Tab. Therefore, OFCCP will permit contractors to continue to use the Census 2000 Special EEO File in the development of all AAPs commencing in 2013.

Contractors must begin using the 2010 EEO Tab to develop all AAPs that commence on or after January 1, 2014. OFCCP will, likewise, begin using the 2010 EEO Tab to evaluate the reasonableness of all AAPs commencing on or after January I, 2014.  Contractors may, however, begin to use the 2010 EEO Tab in the development of their AAPs immediately, if they wish to do so.

 Read the full OFCCP announcement here:


If you have questions:

Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions regarding this announcement. Contact John Piatt or Nancy Tipton by visiting www.affirmativeaction.com/contact.

2006-2010 EEO Tabulation (2010 Census) Update

A Brief Update on the 2006-2010 EEO Tabulation (aka the “2010 Census File”):
Don’t be fooled by the supporting documentation – there is no plan by the sponsoring agencies to update the data on a yearly basis.

The most recent EEO Tabulation (i.e., the data to be used in Affirmative Action Plans) is the 2006-2010 EEO Tabulation (5-year ACS data). According to A Compass for Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data: What Federal Agencies Need to Know, (US Census Bureau, 2008), the three and five year estimates are called “period estimates” because of the way that the Census Bureau constructs them. Each year the Census Bureau creates new multiyear estimates by adding the newest year of ACS data and dropping the oldest year of ACS data. For example, the 5-year estimates released in 2010 will be based on data collected in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. These estimates will be called the 2005-2009 ACS 5-year estimates. The 5-year estimates released in 2011 will be based on data collected in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 .

With this said, the one difference is that the EEO Tabulation is a custom file produced at the request of four (4) sponsoring agencies: EEOC, DOJ, OFCCP, OPM. According to Ana Montalvo, Statistician Demographer at the Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch of the US Census Bureau, “The sponsors have yet to determine when the next EEO release will be.” So while it’s not exactly clear as to when the updates will come, it’s pretty clear that there are no plans to update the census data used in AAPs on a yearly basis. You can all breath more easily.

Summary: OFCCP’s 2006-2010 Census EEO Tabulation Session

For those who wished to attend the OFCCP’s webinar today and were not allowed in, there was not much to miss. The agency didn’t conduct a formal presentation, nor did they provide feedback during the call. They did, however, listen to the concerns the contracting community had regarding the file.

In this open format, contractors expressed these general concerns:

  1. The file format is rather large, and although available for free via FTP download, all components are cumbersome.
  2. Contractors will need to allocate significant resources towards restructuring the file into a usable format.
  3. Contractors are working with AAP vendors, and are reliant on their technology to create their affirmative action plans. At a minimum, the agency should not require usage of the file in affirmative action plans until mid year – and possibly not until 2014. Some suggest that given the state of the Census data, even requiring usage by 1/1/2014 would be too early.
  4. Consultants reiterate that the file format presents a challenge, and that plumbing their automated systems will be challenging.

We fully anticipate that the OFCCP will utilize the feedback garnered in this listening session to create a drop-dead date for using the file. As the contracting community waits for formal distinction about the file, federal contractors should continue to use the Census 2000 file. Biddle will continue to follow the OFCCP’s progress and provide updates as they become known.

Census 2010 EEO Tabulation

Census 2010 EEO Tabulation is fast upon us and Census.gov has scheduled a webinar to describe the initial release of the file.  Please keep an eye on our blog for updates. We will report the OFCCP’s posture towards the Census 2010 file and when they will require contractors to begin using the data for affirmative action planning purposes.

(Source: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb12-218.html)

“Media Advisory — Census Bureau Webinar to Discuss Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation that Provides a Profile of America’s Workforce


The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a webinar to discuss the upcoming release of the Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation. This tabulation is produced for the federal agencies responsible for monitoring employment practices and enforcing civil rights laws in the workforce, and for employers so they can measure their compliance with civil right laws and regulations. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Justice, Department of Labor and the Office of Personnel Management sponsored this tabulation.

Previous tabulations were made available every decennial census since 1970. However, this tabulation uses five years of data collected (2006-2010) from the American Community Survey. The latest tabulation highlights the diversity of the labor force (by sex, race, and ethnicity) across several variables, including detailed occupations, industry, earnings, education, citizenship, employment status, age, residence and worksite geographies for the nation, states, metropolitan areas, counties and places. Selected tables will also include county-to-county commuting flows.

Please dial in by phone to listen to a simultaneous audio conference while viewing the online presentation. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.


Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012; 1 p.m. (EST)


Jennifer Cheeseman Day, assistant division chief for employment characteristics, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division


Audio conference-access information
U.S.: 800-857-4620
Participant passcode: CENSUS

Online presentation-access information
URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/
URL (caption link): http://livewrite.nccsite.com/view/cb1128
Conference number: PW7864526
Audience passcode: CENSUS”

If you have any questions regarding the file, please feel free to contact us at staff@biddle.com.