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Feburary 2012 Events and News

503 NPRM Comment Period Extended

On December 9, 2011, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). This NPRM (76 FR 77056) proposes to revise the regulations implementing the non-discrimination and affirmative action regulations of section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

The original comment period is scheduled to end on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. After receiving several requests for extensions, OFCCP is extending the comment period for this NPRM for 14 days until Tuesday, February 21, 2012. This action will provide all interested persons additional time to analyze the issues and provide their comments on the NPRM. Parties who filed comments previously may supplement or submit additional comments during the extended comment period. Parties interested in commenting can view the NPRM and submit comments by using the Federal eRulemaking Portal and referencing RIN 1250-AA02.

OFCCP is publishing a Federal Register notice announcing this two-week extension of the comment period.

Read the Labor Department's press release about this extension.

OFCCP Hosts Student Internship Open House February 8, 2012

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will host a Student Internship Open House on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at the U.S. Department of Labor Frances Perkins Building, on the Mezzanine Level from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Available internship opportunities include paid and non-paid/volunteer positions.

While working for OFCCP, student interns will assist in enforcing, for the benefit of job seekers and wage earners, the contractual promise of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity required of those who do business with the Federal government.

To apply for available internship opportunities, please RSVP by Friday, February 3, 2012 to Clifton Doughty Jr. at For more information about these opportunities as well as OFCCP and the Department of Labor, please visit our website at

Click here to view the Student Internship Open House flyer.

Calling all Developers: Join the Equal Pay App Challenge

On January 31, the US Department of Labor, in partnership with the President's National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force, announced the "Equal Pay App Challenge" - a national competition to develop software applications, or "apps," that leverage public data to promote equal pay for men and women. Women are still paid less on average than men for doing comparable jobs - that's called the pay gap. And it means that each time the average working woman starts a new job, she's likely to start from a lower base salary. That discrepancy is even greater for women of color and women with disabilities. Over time, this pay gap is likely to become wider and wider, resulting in lost wages, reduced pensions and diminished Social Security benefits.

So, DOL is challenging developers to use publicly available data and sources to create innovative, easy-to-use smartphone and web apps that educate users about the pay gap and empower workers to combat it. The apps should improve the accessibility of pay data broken down by gender, race and ethnicity, and provide coaching on early career pay, pay negotiation or career mentorship.

Contestants must register for the contest on by creating an account between January 31st, 2012, and March 31st, 2012. All entries received after March 31st, 2012 will not be considered for prizes. Winners of the challenge will be announced in April.

The President's National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force was created in January 2010 in response to President Obama's State of the Union pledge to crack down on pay discrimination. The Task Force is comprised of the Departments of Labor and Justice, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Personnel Management.

Read the Labor Department's press release about this app challenge.