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Disability Inclusion Award

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OFCCP solicits comments on disability, veterans information collection announces disability inclusion award

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The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is seeking public comment on the value of information that the office collects to ensure that federal contractors are complying with VEVRAA (Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act), Section 503, and Executive Order (EO) 11246 (pertaining to women and minorities). VEVRAA requires certain federal contractors to conduct outreach to, recruit, and hire veterans from various targeted groups, including those with service-connected disabilities. Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act similarly calls for federal contractors to do the same for people with disabilities.

OFCCP is asking whether it should renew collection of information related to the enforcement of these laws and will be accepting comments until November 13th. PVA supports collection of this information to further the goal of increasing employment for veterans with disabilities. The Federal Register notice can be found at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=OFCCP-2018-0001-0001.

OFCCP has also announced plans to create an Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award Program - https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=OFCCP-2018-0002-0001 - and is seeking input on the criteria it should submit to the Office of Management and Budget for this program. Among the proposed criteria for eligibility for the award are the following: federal contractors would have to have a current affirmative action program for Section 503, VEVRAA, and EO 11246; have no unresolved violations of these provisions; and have no adverse decisions by a court, Administrative Review Board, or Administrative Law Judge related to these laws and executive order, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act, within the past three years. Comments on the criteria are due by December 4th.

 

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