Final Reminder: OFCCP Certification Deadline Rapidly Approaches
The deadline for federal government contractors and subcontractors to certify compliance in preparing their affirmative action programs is rapidly approaching.
As previously reported in client alerts on December 2, 2021 and March 10, 2022, in August 2021, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) information collection request for an Affirmative Action Program Verification Interface through a new online portal.
The portal is a new online OFCCP platform where covered supply and service federal contractors and subcontractors must certify that they are meeting their obligation to develop and maintain annual Affirmative Action Plans (AAP).
The deadline for certification is rapidly approaching.
Why is OFCCP Requiring This?
In 2016 the federal General Accounting Office criticized OFCCP for not maintaining a comprehensive list of covered prime contractors and subcontractors, nor a method for determining which are preparing an annual affirmative action program. GAO estimated that as many as 85% of covered federal contractors may not be timely preparing annual AAPs.
On Feb. 1, 2022, registration opened on the portal.
On March 31, 2022, contractors were able to begin utilizing the certification feature in the portal to certify their AAP compliance.
By no later than June 30, 2022, contractors must certify that they have developed and maintained an affirmative action program for each establishment and/or functional unit, as applicable.
Failing to register and certify AAP compliance may have meaningful consequences. OFCCP has announced that contractors who fail to register and certify may be more likely to be selected for a future enforcement audit. This underscores the importance for federal government contractors and subcontractors to timely prepare an annual AAP and register through the portal.