The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) sometimes has National Interest Exemptions (NIEs) that apply to both supply and service and construction contracts. An NIE provides qualifying contractors with a temporary exemption from complying with OFCCP's affirmative action and administrative obligations under Executive Order 11246; the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act, as amended (VEVRAA); and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 503). Some of the exempted contractor obligations include the preparation and maintenance of affirmative action programs, solicitation/advertisement requirements, the mandatory job listing requirement under VEVRAA, complying with the 16 affirmative action specifications (construction), and other recordkeeping and reporting requirements. 

The agency designed its NIE program specifically to allow contractors to participate in emergency recovery efforts on an expedited basis. Please note that contractors qualifying for NIEs must still continue to abide by the nondiscrimination and non-retaliation obligations under OFCCP's laws. The agency will continue to accept and investigate complaints of discrimination and/or retaliation against contractors covered under a NIE. Contractors being investigated for discrimination and/or retaliation complaints must allow OFCCP access to its premises and records to investigate and determine compliance with the law.

Current

Hurricane Sally National Interest Exemption

Due to the impact of Hurricane Sally, OFCCP has issued a temporary exemption from certain federal contracting requirements. For a period of three months, from September 15, 2020 to December 15, 2020, subject to possible extension, new federal contracts to provide Hurricane Sally relief efforts will be exempt from some obligations under Executive Order 11246, VEVRAA, and Section 503.

 

2020 Oregon Wildfire National Interest Exemption

Due to the impact of the 2020 Oregon Wildfires, OFCCP has issued a temporary exemption from certain federal contracting requirements. For a period of three months, from September 14, 2020 to December 14, 2020, subject to possible extension, new federal contracts to provide California Wildfire relief efforts will be exempt from some obligations under Executive Order 11246, VEVRAA, and Section 503.

 

2020 California Wildfire National Interest Exemption

Due to the impact of the 2020 California Wildfires, OFCCP has issued a temporary exemption from certain federal contracting requirements. For a period of three months, from September 11, 2020 to December 11, 2020, subject to possible extension, new federal contracts to provide California Wildfire relief efforts will be exempt from some obligations under Executive Order 11246, VEVRAA, and Section 503.

 

Hurricane Laura National Interest Exemption

Due to the impact of Hurricane Laura, OFCCP has issued a temporary exemption from certain federal contracting requirements. For a period of three months, from August 27, 2020 to November 27, 2020, subject to possible extension, new federal contracts to provide Hurricane Laura relief efforts will be exempt from some obligations under Executive Order 11246, VEVRAA, and Section 503.

 

Historical 

National Interest Exemption Dates of the Exemption
COVID-19 March 17, 2020 to June 17, 2020
Hurricane Dorian September 3, 2019 to December 3, 2019
Nebraska Flooding March 22, 2019 to June 22, 2019
Alaska Earthquake December 3, 2018 to March 3, 2019
California Wildfire November 19, 2018 to February 19, 2019
Hurricane Michael October 11, 2018 to January 11, 2019
Hurricane Florence September 17, 2018 to December 17, 2018
Hurricane Maria September 21, 2017 to December 21, 2017
Hurricane Irma September 8, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Hurricane Harvey September 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017