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Committee Requests Information Concerning Regulatory Proposal Affecting Federal Contractors and Workers with Disabilities

Dear Secretary Solis,

We respectfully request information concerning the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) December 9, 2011 notice of proposed rulemaking (the proposed rule) on federal contractors’ nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements pertaining to individuals with disabilities under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503). Specifically, we request information regarding the proposed rule as it relates to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

On May 25, 2012, GAO released a report entitled “Further Action Needed to Oversee Efforts to Meet Federal Government Hiring Goals.” The report assessed the efforts of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Department of Labor (the department), and other federal agencies in implementing Executive Order (EO) 13548. Among a number of provisions, EO 13548 requires agencies to set hiring goals for individuals with targeted disabilities. We are concerned because OFCCP issued the proposed rule—which would institute hiring goals and other requirements for federal contractors similar to EO 13548—despite the fact that GAO’s report made clear federal agencies have failed to meet their hiring goals under EO 13548.

To read the full letter, click here.

To read a previous letter regarding this issue, click here.

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