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Employment Standards Administration

ESA Press Release: Labor Department Changes Regulations To Improve Service And Reduce Burden On Federal Contractors [08/18/1997]

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The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has revised its regulations for the first time in 20 years to improve its customer service, cut red tape and reduce the burden on Federal contractors. The revised regulations, known as Part 60-1, will be published Tuesday, August 19, in the Federal Register.

The revised regulations will:

  • Allow OFCCP to tailor its review to fit the situation (no longer a one-size-fits-all review);
  • Modify the pre-award clearance process to apply to contracts of $10 million, rather than $1 million;
  • Clarify contractors record keeping requirements;
  • Allow for a contractor to be disbarred for a fixed period, where appropriate, for recalcitrant contractors that fail to honor their commitments; and
  • Eliminate the paperwork required to certify that contractors do not maintain segregated facilities.

"These revisions to Executive Order 11246 reflect our commitment to improve operations within OFCCP while reducing some of the burden on Federal contractors," said Shirley J. Wilcher, Deputy Assistant Secretary for OFCCP. "Our revised strategies are fair and effective to our mission of preventing discrimination and to our contractors throughout the country."

The changes to the regulations to Part 60-1 are part of a series of management reforms that the department and OFCCP are taking to increase compliance with the laws that prevent discrimination and expand opportunities for employment.

The regulations, which will take effect 30 days after publication, are the culmination of a process begun three years ago when OFCCP began studying these regulations. The process included extensive consultations with contractors, contractor associations, civil rights organizations, women's rights organizations and other government agencies.

OFCCP is part of the department's Employment Standards Administration. It enforces Executive Order 11246 and other laws requiring contractors and subcontractors to ensure equal opportunity in the workplace without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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Employment Standards Administration
August 18, 1997
Media Contact: David Roberts
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