US Department of Labor will open online portal for federal contractors, subcontractors to certify affirmative action program compliance
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it will open its online tool for federal contractors and subcontractors to certify their compliance with annual federal affirmative action program requirements.
On March 31, the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will make the Contractor Portal available for use by covered contractors to certify they have developed and maintained affirmative action programs for each establishment or functional unit. Beginning in 2023, covered federal contractors and subcontractors also must report the coverage period for their affirmative action programs. By doing so, the department will gain greater insight into a contractor’s affirmative action program cycle.
Using the Contractor Portal, existing federal contractors and subcontractors must complete their certification for the second annual cycle by June 29, 2023. Contractors within OFCCP’s jurisdiction that meet certain contract dollar and employee thresholds must develop and maintain affirmative action programs and certify their compliance annually.
“The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs urges federal contractors to certify their annual compliance with their affirmative action program requirements in a timely fashion using our Contractor Portal,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Jenny R. Yang. “This online tool will make the process more efficient and promote greater contractor attention to their responsibility to evaluate employment practices and remove barriers to opportunity.”
Affirmative action requirements ensure that applicants and employees of federal contractors have equal employment opportunity without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.