The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has been working for affirmative action and equal employment opportunity for federal contractor employees and job applicants for 50 years.
September 24, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Executive Order 11246 and the establishment of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
I was honored to serve as Director of OFCCP during the tenures of Secretaries William Brock and Ann McLaughlin. Because of their commitment to assuring that the American workplace was free of unlawful discrimination and that the workplace be inclusive, OFCCP was continued and revitalized. This period of time can best be characterized as a period of national recognition and cultural change. During this period OFCCP was expanded, coordination between other Labor Department programs enhanced, new tracking and enforcement technology was introduced and efforts to train and professionalize the staff were expanded...
Cari M. Dominguez, PhD, MA, served as director of OFCCP from 1989 to 1991, and as assistant secretary of labor from 1991 to 1993. She is currently senior vice president of human resources for Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center.
I had the privilege of serving as OFCCP director from 1989-1991, under two secretaries of labor: Elizabeth H. Dole and Lynn Martin.
This was the time when a greater number of women and professionals of color were arriving in the workplace with all the right credentials — college degrees and relevant work experiences...
In a June 1965 commencement address at Washington, DC’s Howard University, President Lyndon Johnson shared his strong belief in civil rights and nondiscriminatory practices when he said: "Thus it is not enough just to open the gates of opportunity. All our citizens must have the ability to walk through those gates. This is the next and the more profound stage of the battle for civil rights. We seek not just freedom but opportunity. We seek not just legal equity but human ability, not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result."