President Obama and the OFCCP: 2014 in Review – Part I
by Ahmed Younies
Every year we like to provide you, our readers in the federal contracting community, with a year-in-review to ensure that you are aware of trends that could impact your business in the coming year. Typically, this means, reviewing the OFCCP's stated goals against its actions and then make an educated projection of what is to come. This year we will take our analysis a step further. As a federal government contractor, you must first understand that everything the OFCCP does is within a specific context. That context, at least through 2016, is what is on President Obama's plan. In this mini-series we will explore exactly how that works.
A federal government agency is essentially an arm of the President's office and let's take a look first at some of the President's goals and actions and then at the OFCCP's following actions and goals.
Hiring of Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities:
A. President Obama: Among other things, the President has made employment and re-employment of veterans a priority. In August 2012, he signed a bill specifically for that objective. The law provides double the tax incentives for companies hiring disabled veterans and repeals a 2006 law that, as of 2012, would have required federal, state and local governments to withhold three percent of payments to contractors. The President also issued a number of Executive Orders that provide employment counseling and online resources geared toward veterans. Citing rising unemployment among veterans, the President has called on Congress to continue its efforts to get Americans in general, and veterans in particular—back to work.
President Obama also set a robust agenda regarding employment of the disabled. In 2010 he issued Executive Order 13548, requiring federal government agencies to create hiring plans that include hiring of the disabled, and holding them accountable for their hiring practices, along with a number of other initiatives designed to encourage businesses to hire individuals with disabilities.