Federal contractors and subcontractors must survey applicants and employees for gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, and disability status. The data collected from the surveys is used for creating statistical reports to analyze employment patterns and is used in the employer’s Affirmative Action Plan (AAP).

Some of the surveying is conducted in the pre-offer and post-offer stages. The pre-offer stage generally means when the applicant applies to a position or is considered for employment by the employer. Thus, it can be included with the application materials, but must be separate from the actual application because the surveys are voluntary. The post-offer stage generally means after the employer offers the individual the job, but before the individual (i.e. new hire) begins performing the duties of the job.

Gender and Race/Ethnicity

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) require certain employers to survey applicants and employees for gender and race/ethnicity information for the annual EEO-1 report. EEOC uses the EEO-1 report to assess h