Intention Not To Request, Accept, or Use Employer Information Report (EEO-1) Component 2 Data
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) collect workforce data through the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) (currently OMB Control No. 3046-0007) under the Joint Reporting Committee. The EEOC's legal authority to collect this data derives from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and OFCCP's authority derives from Executive Order 11246. The EEO-1 collects information from private employers and federal contractors regarding the number of employees by job category, and by sex, race, and ethnicity (Component 1). This information is shared between the two agencies to avoid duplicative information collections and minimize the burden on employers. A recent court decision, National Women's Law Center v. Office of Management and Budget, 358 F. Supp. 3d 66 (D.D.C. 2019), appeal docketed, No. 19-5130 (D.C. Cir. May 8, 2019), ordered reinstatement of the approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of a 2016 revision to the EEO-1 that requires filers to additionally submit aggregated employee pay and hours worked (Component 2). However, EEOC, the agency responsible for securing OMB approval of the EEO-1 data collection under the Paperwork Reduction Act, has now given notice that it does not intend to submit to OMB a request to renew Component 2 under the current OMB control number, and it has requested that Component 1 be assigned a new OMB control number. OFCCP will not request, accept, or use Component 2 data, as it does not expect to find significant utility in the data given limited resources and its aggregated nature, but it will continue to receive EEO-1 Component 1 data.
Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Federal Contractors and Subcontractors: TRICARE and Certain Other Health Care Providers
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is proposing to amend its regulations pertaining to its authority over TRICARE health care providers. The proposed rule is intended to increase access to care for uniformed service members and veterans and to provide certainty for health care providers who serve beneficiaries of TRICARE. It is also believed that this proposed rule may result in cost savings to the health care system. In a reconsideration of its legal position, the proposed rule would provide that OFCCP lacks authority over Federal health care providers who participate in TRICARE. In the alternative, the proposed rule would establish a national interest exemption from Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 for health care providers with agreements to furnish medical services and supplies to individuals participating in TRICARE (in the alternative to a reconsideration of OFCCP's authority over such providers). OFCCP would nevertheless have authority over health care providers participating in TRICARE if they hold a separate covered Federal contract or subcontract. Likewise, health care providers would remain subject to all other Federal, state, and local laws prohibiting discrimination and providing for equal employment opportunity. OFCCP has determined that special circumstances in the national interest justify proposing the exemption as it would improve uniformed service members' and veterans' access to medical care, more efficiently allocate OFCCP's limited resources for enforcement activities, and provide greater uniformity, certainty, and notice for health care providers participating in TRICARE.