The Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing this morning on "Examining Recent Actions by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs." The tone of the press release announcing the hearing called into question OFCCP’s entire job access regulatory agenda. OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu testified at the hearing about new rules finalized by the Department of Labor affecting the nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements of federal contractors. Several women's rights and civil rights organizations, including Legal Momentum, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (a coalition of which Legal Momentum is a member), and the National Women's Law Center, submitted letters of support to be included in the Subcommittee's record of the hearing.
During today's House Workforce Protections Subcommittee hearings, Congressmember Courtney presented the Chair, Congressmember Walberg, with those letters of support for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' work, naming each organization. The OFCCP's work to ensure that women, veterans, people with disabilities, and minorities have equal access to opportunities with federal contractors is crucial to our work with women in non-traditional careers. The letter applauds the work the OFCCP has done to ensure that federal contractors comply with Executive Order 11246 and supports the new hiring goals for federal contractors.
We'll add links to the other letters as soon as they are available.