OFCCP extends deadline for federal contractors to object to release of their EEO-1 data

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In response to concerns raised by the federal contractor community, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced that it is extending the deadline for contractors to file objections to the release of their EEO-1 data pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Objections are now due October 19, 2022 (they were originally due on September 19, 2022). OFCCP also stated that it is taking steps to alert those contractors it believes are covered by the request.

As we previously discussed, on August 19, 2022, OFCCP announced that it received a FOIA request for certain EEO-1 data submitted by federal contractors and first tier subcontractors from 2016 to 2020. Contractors who wished to object to disclosure of their EEO-1 data were originally given until September 19, 2022, to file written objections via OFCCP’s Submitter Notice Response Portal.

OFFCP recently extended the deadline for filing objections by one month, to October 19, 2022, stating that the extension was in response to requests from “numerous contractors and contractor representatives” for additional time and questions raised by some contractors as to whether the FOIA request applies to them. To address the second concern, OFCCP states that it will email contractors that it believes are covered by the FOIA request, using the email address that registered contractors provided in OFCCP’s Contractor Portal and the email addresses provided as contacts for the EEO-1 report.

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