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Chair Foxx: OFCCP is Surrendering Employee Privacy to the Left

Today, Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) sent a letter to Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Jenny R. Yang to lambast the agency’s imminent release of job creators’ sensitive employee data.
In the letter, Foxx writes: “I have serious concerns that the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has not provided federal contractors, especially smaller employers, with sufficient information and time to object to having their confidential data released pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the Center for Investigative Reporting, a left-of-center journalism organization…. [T]hese reports can reveal the private information of individual employees, especially for smaller employers.”
Foxx concludes: “It further appears that many employers were not aware of the pending FOIA request at OFCCP. The agency must do a much better job of informing federal contractors, especially smaller employers, about their rights and obligations. I am also aware that OFCCP has not provided information to all relevant employers about what data will be disclosed in response to the FOIA request. These employers could not determine whether to submit objections because they did not know what information OFCCP would turn over. … For these reasons, I request that OFCCP re-open the period for employers to submit objections to the Type 2 EEO-1 data being released for 60 days.”
Read the full letter here.


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