Wednesday, February 23, 2011

DOL to Use New Active Case Enforcement (ACE) for Government Contractors

February 21, 2011

Active Case Enforcement (ACE), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP’s) newest enforcement tool, was recently put into work. Under the OFCCP’s ACE directive, the agency will employ all of its compliance evaluation methods (compliance review, compliance check, focused review, and offsite review of records.) Federal contractors may be evaluated under any one or a combination of these methods. In addition, under ACE, federal contractors will undergo a more thorough review—beginning with a full desk audit.

The ACE procedures are outlined in Directive #295, signed December 16, 2010. ACE became effective January 1, 2011 (although the directive and agency FAQs were not posted until late last week). All supply & service (S&S) compliance evaluations scheduled on or after January 1, 2011, will be processed using ACE procedures. ACE procedures will not be used to conduct compliance evaluations of construction contractors.

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