DATE: October 11, 2001

SUBJECT: Department of Labor (DOL); Annual Report From Federal Contractors Regarding Veterans' Employment

SOURCE: Federal Register, October 11, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 197, page 51997

AGENCIES: Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), DOL

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOL is revising its regulations regarding completion of VETS-100, Federal Contractor Veterans' Employment Report.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The DOL regulations pertaining to VETS-100 are in Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Public Contracts and Property Management; Chapter 61, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training, Department of Labor; Part 61-250, Annual Report From Federal Contractors.

For more on the notice of proposed rulemaking, see the October 1, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Department of Labor; Annual Report From Federal Contractors Regarding Veterans' Employment."

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 13, 2001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Norm Lance, Chief of Investigations and Compliance Division, VETS, 202-693-4731, or by e-mail at Lance-Norman@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 amended the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974 to: (1) extend the affirmative action and reporting responsibilities of federal contractors and subcontractors, which previously covered veterans of the Vietnam era and special disabled veterans, to include any other U.S. veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; (2) raise the reporting threshold for federal contractors and subcontractors from $10,000 to $25,000; and (3) add a requirement that contractors and subcontractors report the maximum number and the minimum number of persons they employed during the reporting period. Also in 1998, to reduce the reporting burden on contractors, VETS changed the annual deadline for submission of the VETS-100 report from March 31 to September 30 to conform the VETS-100 reporting cycle to that of the EEO-1, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer Information Report.

On October 5, 2000, VETS proposed to revise 41 CFR 61-250 to incorporate these changes, and to rewrite 41 CFR 61-250 in "plain language" as instructed by the June 1, 1998, presidential memorandum "Plain Language in Government Writing." Comments from four organizations representing employers either as employer associations or human resource associations were received. Based on the comments, VETS has made the following changes in the final rule:

The following is the table of contents of the revised 41 CFR 61-250:

     61-250.1What are the purpose and scope of this part?
     61-250.2What definitions apply to this part?
     61-250.10What reporting requirements apply to federal contractors and subcontractors, and what specific wording must the
reporting requirements contract clause contain?
     61-250.11On what form must the data required by this part be submitted?
     61-250.20How will DOL determine whether a contractor or subcontractor is complying with the requirements of this part?
     61-250.99What are the OMB control numbers for this part?
     Appendix A     Federal Contractor Veterans' Employment Report VETS-100

EDITOR'S NOTE: On November 1, 2000 (after the October 5, 2000, publication of the notice of proposed rulemaking), the Veterans Benefits and Health Care Improvement Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-419) was signed by President Clinton, and it adds "recently separated veterans" to the list of veterans protected by the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974. The law defines a recently separated veteran as "any veteran during the one-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty." VETS announced in the introductory material to this final rule that it "is currently developing a proposed rule for reporting about this newly protected group of veterans in the VETS-100 Report."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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