Contractor Portal goes live

Reminder: Certify compliance by June 30.  

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has gone live today with its Contractor Portal. Contractors can immediately register and update information regarding their organizations and establishments. Starting March 31, contractors can certify compliance with the OFCCP’s regulations requiring development of written affirmative action plans; certification must be completed by June 30.

The OFCCP developed the Contractor Portal as a platform for both contractors and subcontractors to “certify whether they are meeting their requirement to develop and maintain annual AAPs.” Thus, supply and service contractors and subcontractors that meet the jurisdictional thresholds requiring annual affirmative action plans must begin certifying to the OFCCP whether they are in compliance.

The OFCCP has indicated that it intends to use the Contractor Portal to identify for compliance evaluations those contractors that have not developed written AAPs. Not so coincidentally, it will also allow the OFCCP to just identify entities that are contractors and subcontractors in the first place, as this will be the agency’s first central repository of entities that do business with the government and that consider themselves to be contractors.

The OFCCP’s website indicates that further instructions and guides are forthcoming. Covered contractors should remain alert for that additional information. 

In the meantime, covered contractors should mark their calendars to ensure the June 30 deadline is met. Presumably, this will be an annual deadline, so the calendar entry should be recurring.

If you have questions about the need to develop written AAPs, please contact any member of Constangy’s Affirmative Action/OFCCP Compliance Practice Group.

Our Affirmative Action Alert blog focuses on the latest news and topics affecting federal contractors and subcontractors and their compliance with affirmative action and other employment-related laws and regulations.  With breaking news, quick updates, and headlines on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and affirmative action issues, this blog is a great resource for in-house counsel, HR managers, and other compliance professionals.  Our blog is a companion to Constangy’s Affirmative Action newsletters, which address significant legislative, regulatory, and administrative proposals and changes.  Subscribe to both to stay current on these important topics!

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