This study will examine the effects of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) compliance officer training on compliance officer behaviors and post-case audits, as well as to gain a greater understanding of the formalized training program. This project will include an implementation and an outcomes or impact study of OFCCP’s compliance officer training.

Research Questions:

  • How is the training implemented? What factors appear to influence implementation? What are challenges in implementation and how are they overcome?
  • What processes are in place to determine compliance officer competency (such as policies, procedures, knowledge tests, supervisory feedback, etc.)?
  • What outcomes are associated with accuracy and consistency?
  • Does the training lead to positive outcomes or impacts on the accuracy and consistency of compliance evaluations and inspections? Are there effects on deficiencies found in closed cases that undergo post-case quality audits following compliance officer training?

Project Duration: 36 Months

Contract End Date: July 2023

Contractor: Mathematica Policy Research

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