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Compliance Office Sends Out Audit Notices

On February 1, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) sent Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSAL) to 1,000 federal contractors notifying the contractors that the OFCCP might conduct audits of specific contractor's establishments in 2018.

However, the CSAL itself is not notification of an audit – it is meant to assist contractors by providing them with advance notice of a possible audit.  On March 19, 2018, the OFCCP will send audit letters to the contractors' establishments that are chosen for an audit. 

Contractors that receive a CSAL, are advised to immediately begin to prepare for an audit by ensuring that their affirmative action programs are up to date; the records supporting the affirmative action programs are ready for OFCCP review; and that they have conducted an analysis of your applicant and hiring, promotion and termination procedures and data. 

Should an audit be requested, the OFCCP normally sends contractors a standard audit letter containing a request for documents in 22 categories, including organizational profiles, job groupings and written affirmative action programs.  The audit is scheduled for 30 days after the audit letter is sent. 

The purpose of the CSAL is to:

  • Provide the contractor establishment's internal EEO staff with at least 45–days advance notice to obtain management support for EEO and self–audit efforts;
  • Encourage contractors to take advantage of OFCCP compliance assistance offerings;
  • Encourage contractors to focus on self–audit efforts that, if problems are adequately analyzed and corrected, saves the OFCCP time/resources when it does an evaluation;
  • Help contractors manage/budget the amount of time required for evaluation activity.

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