The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a Technical Assistance Guide designed to help federal government construction contractors and subcontractors comply with the federal laws and regulations that prohibit government contractors from discriminating in employment, and require that they undertake affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunity in their workforces.  It is intended for government contractors who have construction contracts and/or subcontracts.  The obligations of government contractors and subcontractors who hold non-construction contracts differ in significant ways and are covered in a separate guide.

This Guide does not create new legal requirements or change current legal requirements. Instead, it reflects the views of OFCCP and is intended to serve as a basic resource document on OFCCP-administered laws. The legal requirements related to equal employment opportunity that apply to Federal supply and service contractors are contained in the statutes, executive orders, and regulations cited in the Guide. Every effort has been made to insure that the information contained in the Guide is accurate and up to date.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Standards Administration. OFCCP is responsible for ensuring that employers doing business with the Federal government comply with the laws and regulations requiring nondiscrimination and affirmative action. This mission is based on the underlying principle that employment opportunities generated by Federal dollars should be available to all Americans on an equitable and fair basis.   The OFCCP administers and enforces three equal employment opportunity laws that apply to Federal government contractors and subcontractors supplying goods and services, including construction, to the Federal Government: Executive Order 11246, Section 503, and the affirmative action provisions of VEVRAA. The OFCCP monitors compliance with these laws primarily through compliance evaluations, during which a compliance officer examines the contractor’s affirmative action efforts and employment practices. The OFCCP also investigates complaints filed by individuals alleging employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, nation origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.