The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has submitted notice for publication in the Federal Register that the agency is seeking approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for “an annual Affirmative Action Program online certification process for federal contractors and for a secure method for federal contractors to submit AAPs electronically to OFCCP when they are scheduled for a compliance evaluation.”
We currently only have the pre-publication notice that contains no more information than quoted above. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within OMB has yet to post the OFCCP’s request for a new Information Collection Review number, which should contain supporting documentation outlining the details regarding the information collection, burden estimates, etc.
The OFCCP has long sought a more reliable and accurate way of identifying federal contractors and subcontractors, and there is already a provision in the agency’s existing regulations for requiring contractors to annually prepare and submit AAP summaries to the OFCCP (see 41 C.F.R. § 60-2.31). But that provision has never been “activated” by the agency until, possibly, now.
BCGi will monitor for additional information and report back with more soon. Stay tuned.