4C Relationship to the Standard Desk Audit

After receiving the contractor’s corporate headquarters facility AAPs, COs should review and analyze the AAPs and their Itemized Listing data using the desk audit procedures outlined in Chapter 1. If the contractor does not provide AAPs and/or Itemized Listing data on time, COs should follow the procedures outlined in FCCM 1C. However, in addition to the standard desk audit, the primary focus in a CMCE desk audit is analyzing professional and management level job groups to identify any nonfavored groups, determine their representation, and assess the impact of policies and procedures on these groups. For example, COs must assess or determine:

  • Whether there is a level(s) at which there is a marked decline in participation; and
  • If there is such a level(s) of decline, the types of jobs at that level(s), both generally and by major functional area (e.g., vice-president, director, senior analyst, finance, legal, sales).

Consideration is also given to the types of jobs held by nonfavored group members below that level at which there is a marked decline in participation. Whether nonfavored group members are located in likely feeder pools for the upper level jobs should also be determined. For example, COs may find that women are concentrated in office and clerical job groups. Two other areas of interest include:

  • The employee development and selection policies and practices regarding jobs at the level at which participation declines, and the jobs in their probable feeder pools; and
  • The nature and amount of employment activity in job groups around that level.

The following sections discuss each of these considerations in detail. When conducting the analyses, it is important for the CO to remember that these considerations apply corporate-wide, not just to headquarters positions.

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