With the coronavirus pandemic affecting businesses across the United States, OFCCP has implemented some changes to assist federal contractors. These include the National Interest Exemptions and the (not so new) Audit Extension requests.
OFCCP Announces National Interest Exemptions
To facilitate response efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic, OFCCP Director Craig Leen announced on March 17, 2020 that new supply and service and construction contracts entered into from March 17, 2020, through June 17, 2020 would be exempt from EO clauses. The National Interest Exemption exempts federal contractors from all affirmative action obligations, for covered contracts.
OFCCP Audits & Extension Requests
With OFCCP audit letters still being mailed and so many federal contractors offering office personnel the opportunity to telework, the question has been asked-
What do we do if there is no one in our office to sign for a certified audit letter?
Ensure mail delivery personnel are aware who should be notified if a certified letter arrives from OFCCP and to notify you immediate of that delivery. The 30 day period to submit audit submission packets begins from that date.
Additional, the USPS typically will attempt to deliver the certified letter a couple of times before requesting a designated person physically sign for the letter at the local USPS office.
Should there be a delay between receipt of the certified letter and your notification, and you feel that you need additional time, you may request an extension to filing.