In response to a request from Director Pat Shiu of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), AGC provided the agency, and other invited Labor Department staff, with a detailed overview of the construction industry. The request stemmed from a March 27 meeting between AGC and OFCCP Director Pat Shiu and her staff regarding the agency’s plans for revising the regulations related to the employment of women and minorities in construction and how AGC might be able to help the agency understand the application of those regulations to the construction industry. The presentation took place on June 2 at the Labor Department’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
The presentation included an economic analysis of the industry, an overview of federal construction work, and challenges that are unique to the construction industry. In addition, employment, workforce development and training trends were discussed.
AGC’s general counsel, Mike Kennedy, and chief economist, Ken Simonson, began the discussion by detailing the breakdown of residential versus non-residential construction employment and spending. Federal construction lawyer and industry expert Andrew Stephenson, of the law firm of Holland & Knight, educated the group on the many decisions and challenges that are managed by federal construction contractors, such as the various delivery systems available, procurement procedures, and risks. Additionally, Tim Johnson, Senior Director of Government Affairs for the National Center for Construction Education and Research, and Naomi Hackenberg, an HR consultant with Workplace HR, discussed common recruitment practices and challenges, as well as how construction craft training is funded and delivered.
For a copy of the presentation slides, click here. For more information on the laws regulated by OFCCP, visit OFCCP’s webpage or the Labor and HR Topical Resources page of the AGC website. The Primary category is “Affirmative Action/EEO” and the secondary category is “Affirmative Action.”