Under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 final rules, contractors are required to conduct an annual assessment to determine whether the chosen methods of outreach and recruitment have been successful, and document the results of this assessment. The assessment must include: a) the criteria the contractor used to evaluate the effectiveness of each method, and b) the contractor’s conclusion as to whether each method was effective. This shall include the data collected for the current year and the two most recent previous years on: the number of applicants who self-identified as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, the total number of job openings and total number of jobs filled, the total number of applicants for all jobs, the number of protected veteran applicants or individuals with disabilities hired, and the total number of applicants hired. If the contractor finds that its efforts were not effective in identifying and recruiting qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, it must implement alternative outreach and recruitment methods. Contractors are also required to retain their assessment for three years, so they can evaluate the success of their outreach and recruitment efforts for veterans and individuals with disabilities over time. For more information, refer to “Assessment of external outreach and recruitment efforts” in the VEVRAA final rule here.