On October 7, 2005, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released its final rule regarding the definition of an Internet applicant. As mentioned in a November 2005 article by Dr. Michael Harris, the final rule presents four criteria for a job seeker to be considered an applicant, as follows:

1.The individual submits an expression of interest in employment through the Internet or related electronic data technologies.

2.The contractor considers the individual for employment in a particular position.

3.The individual’s expression of interest indicates the individual possesses the basic qualifications for the position.

4.The individual at no point in the contractor’s selection process (prior to receiving an offer of employment from the contractor) removes himself