Tuesday, August 16, 2011

OFCCP Restores and Updates Functional Affirmative Action Program

U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

OFCCP has released a new directive to outline the process by which federal supply and service contractors can apply for Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) agreements. The new guidance rescinds the Administrative Notice/Functional AAP, issued March 21, 2002, and ends a year-long suspension in the acceptance of requests to develop or renew FAAP agreements while the program was under review.
“The FAAP is back and better than before,” said OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu. “Over the past year, I have listened to comments from the contractor community and employee groups and determined that the FAAP is a useful tool for ensuring that federal contractors and subcontractors meet their obligations to provide equal employment opportunity for everyone.”
OFCCP’s new directive includes significant changes to the FAAP application and approval process. Consequently, all contractors who currently have an approved FAAP agreement will be required to renew their agreement in accordance with the new guidance. In addition to the directive, a set of answers to frequently asked questions about the FAAP is available on the OFCCP website at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/faqs/faapfaqs.htm
Read the Labor Department's press release about this program.


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