To be acceptable, a contractor’s Section 503 AAP must include the items listed in 41 CFR 60-741.44 and 41 CFR 60-741.45.44 It is the responsibility of COs to determine whether the contractor included all of the required items in the contractor’s Section 503 AAP. Those items are listed in section 1E02 of the FCCM, and the acceptability assessment of each item is described below.
44. The final two sections of Subpart C of the Section 503 regulations, 41 CFR 60-741.46 and 60-741.47, do not address elements that need to be included in every AAP. Section 60-741.46 states that contractors have the option of voluntarily developing and implementing training or employment programs focused on the specific needs of people with certain disabilities and that, if a contractor implements such a program, it must include it in its AAP. Section 60-741.47 explains that a contract with a sheltered workshop is not a form of affirmative action that replaces the employment and advancement of qualified individuals with disabilities in the contractor’s own workforce. The regulation provides that the contractor may include a contract with a sheltered workshop in its AAP if the sheltered workshop trains employees who must be hired by the contractor at full compensation once they become “qualified individuals with disabilities.”