The White House has proposed merging the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), purportedly to reduce redundancies in civil rights enforcement. Some prominent members of the federal contracting compliance community think the proposal is DOA (Dead On Arrival) due to opposition from the civil rights community, federal contractor coalitions, and key individuals. But this proposal may go forward anyway. In fact, OFCCP is already starting to plan for it – just in case.

There is some speculation that the proposal originated with the Heritage Foundation, an organization that does not have a history of supporting civil rights. Thus, the question is not merely whether or not to merge the agencies, but whether OFCCP’s regulations should be retained at all. This is not the first time a proposal to weaken or eliminate OFCCP has been put forward.

Shirley J. Wilcher, Execut