DATE: March 29, 2004

SUBJECT: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP); Obligation To Solicit Race and Gender Data for Agency Enforcement Purposes

SOURCE: Federal Register, March 29, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 60, page 16445

AGENCIES: Department of Labor (DOL), OFCCP

ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)

SYNOPSIS: The OFCCP requires covered federal contractors to maintain certain employment records for OFCCP compliance monitoring and other enforcement purposes. The OFCCP is proposing to amend its recordkeeping requirements to address the increasing use of the Internet as a job search mechanism.

EDITOR'S NOTE: OFCCP's regulations are in Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Public Contracts and Property Administration; Chapter 60, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Equal Employment Opportunity, Department of Labor. The proposed changes would be made to 41 CFR Part 60-1, Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before May 28, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to Joseph DuBray, Jr., Director, Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development, OFCCP, Room C-3325, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210; by e-mail to ofccp-public@dol.gov; or by fax to 202-693-1304 (fax transmissions must be six or fewer pages).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph DuBray, Jr., 202-693-0102 (voice), or 202-693-1308 (TTY).

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: OFCCP requires covered federal contractors to obtain, where possible, gender, race and ethnicity data on applicants and employees. OFCCP requires this data collection activity for several purposes relating to contractors' administration of required affirmative action plans and OFCCP's role in monitoring compliance with OFCCP requirements. Contractors must supply this information to OFCCP upon request. (EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on this data collection, see the November 13, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs; Government Contractor Affirmative Action Requirements.")

The proposed rule would make the following changes to the OFCCP regulations: