Beginning in 2022, Federal Contractors Must Certify Affirmative Action Plans through New Portal

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Many federal contractors already have an obligation to develop and maintain written Affirmative Action Plans. Now, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced that those same companies will be required to use a new online platform, called the “Affirmative Action Plan Verification Interface,” available here, to annually certify that they are complying with that obligation.

The OFCCP announced a phased-in timeline for this portal. Contractors will be able to register with the portal beginning on February 1, 2022. Then, between March 31 and June 30, federal contractors will have to certify their compliance. If a company is ever audited for compliance, they will also be able to submit their affirmative action plans through the portal.

The OFCCP has already published an FAQ. It also indicated that a user guide and how-to videos are forthcoming.

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