In 2018, the OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) posted a plan to implement an affirmative action verification interface in the Federal Register. This platform will replace emailed and mailed affirmative action plans and documents. In September 2020, they published a notice seeking comment on the possibility of an annual Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) certification and verification process as well as seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for an AAP Verification Interface (AAP-VI).
On August 31, 2021, the OFCCP received OMB’s approval of the AAP-VI. The site is active but not live, with a message indicating the purpose is “…to improve communication and the transfer of Affirmative Action Program data, between Federal Contractors and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.” Until the site is active, preliminary information on AAP-VI procedures can be found in the previously published Federal Contractor User Guide and Admin Guide.
Affirmative Action Plans are required for employers with 50 or more employees and at least one federal contract of $50,000 or more. You must also have an AAP under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) if you have 50 or more employees and at least one contract of $150,000 or more. These plans include training programs, outreach efforts, and other positive steps to help recruit and advance qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.
MRA will continue to update information on the availability of the website, how the OFCCP will roll this program out, and provide any additional information on staying compliant. For more information, please contact Debbie Rich, Affirmative Action Business Partner, at [email protected] or 262.696.3486.