OFCCP Expands Focus on Construction Mega Projects
On September 23, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a significant expansion of its Mega Construction Project (MCP) Program. The expanded program will use new, standardized processes, expanded resources, experienced new staff, and agency oversight, including the addition of a national coordinator.
OFCCP believes that MCPs are the most effective strategy for achieving contractors’ compliance with OFCCP’s regulations and, ultimately, for increasing the representation of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans in the trades. As of August 1, 2016, OFCCP had 35 open MCPs. MCPs include both direct federal and federally-assisted construction projects.
Projects selected for the MCP Program are valued at $25 million or more and are expected to last for at least one year. In selecting MCPs, OFCCP works with the General Services Administration and other federal agencies to identify large, high-profile projects when they are funded, before any construction begins. Once identified, OFCCP takes a three-prong approach to working with stakeholders in the program: community outreach, compliance assistance, and compliance evaluation.
OFCCP has made available a number of resources for contractors who may be impacted by the MCP program such as a Fact Sheet, FAQs, Best Practices for Construction Contractors and Subcontractors, and the agency’s Standard Operating Procedures for MCPs.
For more information on OFCCP and the laws it is responsible for enforcing, visit the OFCCP website. AGC members may find additional information and resources on AGC’s Labor & Topical Resources webpage. The primary category is “EEO” and the secondary category is “Affirmative Action/EEO.” Members must be logged-in to see and/or download all available resources.
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