Since January 2005, the contractor community has been using the Census 2000 Special EEO File to prepare Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs). On May 15, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that as of January 1, 2014, federal contractors must replace the 2000 EEO file with the 2006-2010 Census EEO Tabulation (2010 EEO Tabulation) to produce all future AAPs 1.

The 2010 EEO Tabulation provides the contractor community with the percentage of females and minorities, or availabilities, as well as other demographic information for occupational codes on more than 480 unique jobs. The contractors can use these external availability figures, in addition to their own internal availabilities, as benchmarks in their hiring and utilization analyses. The specific 2010 EEO tabulations, by detailed occupations, as well as the entire 2010 EEO Tabulation file are available through the United States Census Bureau website