On February 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) sent 1,000 notices to federal contractors and subcontractors. These notices inform employers that one or more of their facilities are likely to be the subject of an affirmative action compliance review during 2018.

OFCCP has been sending these notices to employers for about ten years. These notices, which are formally called Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSALs), are meant to provide employers with an opportunity to prepare for a pending affirmative action compliance review. Prior to the use of CSALs, employers that were subject to a compliance review simply received a letter opening the review without any warning from OFCCP.

The first rounds of CSALs used by OFCCP were sent to the corporate headquarters of large employers. Prior to this, OFCCP had received feedback from large federal contractors and subcontractors that these organizations were frustrated