Ideas discussed in small groups and presented to OFCCP
At the DOL’s headquarters in Washington, DC OFCCP held it first of three town hall meetings. According to representatives from Proskauer Rose LLP the meeting was attended by government contractors from different sectors of the economy along with OFCCP National Office representatives, Regional Directors, District Directors and Compliance Officers.
The meeting was opened by Acting Director Tom Dowd who explained OFCCP’s interested in “enhancing compliance assistance,” noting that the OFCCP’s compliance assistance mission is “equally important” to its compliance evaluation program. He explained that the purpose behind the town hall meeting is to “gather input” and give “serious consideration to their [government contractors] ideas” about how to improve OFCCP’s compliance assistance efforts.
Dowd noted that government contractors appear reluctant to seek assistance from OFCCP for fear of getting on the radar for future compliance evaluations. He assured the attendees that this is were not the case. During the nearly three-and-a-half long meeting, participants worked in small groups to develop ideas for what OFCCP could do to improve compliance assistance efforts and collaboration with government contractors. The ideas were then shared and discussed among the participants.
Some of the suggestions included: • Improvements to the OFCCP website, • Creation of infographics providing easy-to-understand explanations of compliance requirements, • Creation of an on-line video learning library, and • Publication by OFCCP of common compliance issues uncovered in contractor audits.
OFCCP primarily listened and did not comment on any proposed ideas. However, Dowd did respond to one comment about a compliance officer “bullying.” He said that if anyone experiences bullying, they should report it to the compliance officer’s superior since this behavior is not tolerated by OFCCP.
The next town hall meetings include:
• San Francisco – September 26 2017 • Chicago – September 28, 2017