Apply for the EDI Award

The Excellence in Disability Inclusion (EDI) Award recognizes federal contractors who excel in the recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion opportunities of individuals with disabilities.  In addition to the Award criteria, applicants must also agree to participate in outreach efforts, such as presentations at relevant conferences, webinars, online national dialogues, and additional outreach to other employers.

Who is Eligible for the Award

Federal contractors must meet four criteria to be eligible to receive the EDI Award. Eligibility also is contingent on current good standing related to compliance with three equal employment opportunity laws: Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503), and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended (VEVRAA).

Summary of the four Award criteria

  1. The facility (or location of the parent company or firm) has:
    • 50 or more employees
    • Federal contract of $50,000 or more
    • Current affirmative action program (AAP) for individuals with disabilities (Section 503)
    • Current AAP for equal employment opportunity (Executive Order 11246)
    • Current AAP for employment of protected veterans (VEVRAA), if the facility or parent company has a federal contract of $150,000 or more
  2. The facility (or location of the parent company or firm) has implemented equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs for:
    • Section 503
    • Executive Order 11246
    • VEVRAA (if applicable)
  3. The facility (or location of the parent company or firm) has no unresolved violations of Section 503, Executive Order 11246, or VEVRAA (if applicable). NOTE: Unresolved issues include violations that are in litigation, violations in an open conciliation agreement, and violations in a pending compliance review.
  4. The facility (or location of the parent company or firm) has no adverse decisions by a court, Administrative Review Board, or Administrative Law Judge related to violations of Section 503, Executive Order 11246, VEVRAA, or Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended, within the last three years.

Contractor establishments that are covered by this recognition (or another OFCCP award that provides a moratorium) at the time of applying for the award will not be eligible. However, a moratorium at a separate establishment under the same contractor through an award program does not preclude the contractor establishment from applying for the award.

A complete list of requirements can be found in the EDI Award Nomination form. Please submit your completed nomination package to following the instructions on the nomination form by Saturday, August 31, 2019. Questions about the award or nomination process may also be sent to

Download the Nomination Form