As members of the military services return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the federal government has shown a great interest in ensuring that these individuals have opportunities to find employment in the private sector. Various federal agencies, including the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), have new initiatives that are meant to aide veterans in finding employment. While some agencies are providing funding or making direct connections between employers and veterans’ groups, OFCCP is seeking to help veterans find work through aggressive enforcement of the federal affirmative action regulations regarding veterans.
Until recently, OFCCP focused almost exclusively on enforcing its regulations regarding minorities and females. However, in the last two years, the two other groups protected under OFCCP’s regulations, veterans and persons with disabilities, have received significant attention from OFCCP. This new emphasis culminated during 2011 in proposed