Much has been written about the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in the last few years. OFCCP has a number of significant new initiatives, most notably its recent directive regarding the evaluation of compensation data that federal contractors and subcontractors will be asked to provide during compliance reviews. OFCCP has also gone through a number of changes to the manner in which it conducts compliance reviews. For example, the agency was routinely conducting on-site investigations for a while, but OFCCP is now limiting its on-site presence and is instead requesting many additional documents during the course of a compliance review.

While we know a great deal about what OFCCP is doing, a rarely asked question is this: what does OFCCP want? Phrased somewhat differently, what are OFCCP’s expectations of federal contractors and subcontractors? And, what kind of expectations does the federal government in turn have for OFCCP?

OFCCP Wants Compliance

A simple answer to the question “What does OFCCP want?” is “OFCCP wants compliance with its regulations.” Like all regulatory agencies, OFCCP expects that the entities