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Federal contractors subject to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are required to invite applicants for employment and new hires to identify themselves as individuals with disabilities. Covered contractors are also required to periodically survey current employees regarding their status as individuals with disabilities. All such inquiries must be made using the form published by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).  Read More



Contrary to what some had thought planned, and despite some of his campaign assurances, President Trump has said that he plans to continue to enforce Obama's 2014 executive order that offers protections for the employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on their sexual orientation.  Read More



President Donald Trump's latest executive order seeks to reduce the burden of federal regulations for businesses, and would achieve this by two parallel policies. For every new regulation an agency issues, it will have to identify at least two others that it will repeal. At the same time, any new regulations that an agency finalizes this year will have to have an incremental cost of zero.  Read More



This past week, the Trump administration reportedly froze all grants and contracts the Environmental Protection Agency maintains. Former EPA transition lead Myron Ebell defended the move as necessary, “to make sure nothing happens they don't want to have happen” regarding any regulations, hires, contracts and grants.  Read More



The Department of Homeland Security weighed in on the question of data security by proposing a new rile (HSAR Case 2015-001; 82 FR 6429; Jan. 19, 2017) for safeguarding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Also, the National Archives and Record Administration's Final Rule on CUI, and the Department of Defense's rules on Controlled Defense Information, are among the snarl of rules that have been proposed.  Read More



LexisNexis Risk Solutions has agreed to pay 211 women $1.2 million in back wages to resolve U.S. Department of Labor allegations the company violated an executive order barring federal contractors from underpaying workers because of their sex, the agency announced recently.  Read More



The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against tech giant Oracle for discriminatory employment practices. The Department of Labor specifically states that the company has "a systemic practice" in place of paying white male workers more than others in the same role, including "women, African American and Asian employees."  Read More



In an attempt to obtain compensation data, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has filed a lawsuit against Google as part of a routine compliance evaluation. The OFCCO asked Google to submit information about the company's equal opportunity program and practices in September 2015, but Google has not complied, according to the lawsuit.  Read More



According to a recent article from the Washington Post, the Obama administration, in it's final days, has been moving to send a message to federal contractors that owe backpay. How the dealmaking Trump crowd will deal with federal contractors remains to be seen, but the Obama administration is making a statement during its final weeks in office.  Read More



Caught between an incoming and outgoing administration, 2017 promises to be an interesting year for federal contractors. While President Obama has signed multiple executive orders impacting federal contractors throughout his administration, 2016 had been a particularly active year for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in enacting those orders.  Read More



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