Jenny Yang Expected to Be Named OFCCP Director
Former EEOC Commissioner Jenny Yang is expected to be named as the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Director. The U.S. Department of Labor’s website shows Ms. Yang as Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Ms. Yang has also been listed as the Director on OFCCP’s website. She would replace Craig Leen in this position.
There has been no formal announcement about Ms. Yang’s appointment as of Thursday, January 21. This may be a result of the many appointments being made by the Biden administration to fill open positions in the federal government. It may also be the result of the fact that President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh, has not yet been confirmed by the Senate.
Ms. Yang served as a commissioner for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 2013 through 2018. She served as Chair of EEOC from September 2014 until January of 2017. During this time, Ms. Yang was instrumental in the implementation of the collection of pay data through Component 2 of the EEO-1 Report. Under Chair Yang, the EEOC also successfully argued that sexual orientation is covered under the sex discrimination provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, a position that has now been adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court.
After leaving the EEOC, Ms. Yang served as a Fellow at the Open Society Foundations until 2019. Currently, she is a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, a Washington-based think thank that carries out economic and social policy research.
Ms. Yang is well-respected by both Democrats and Republicans. Her experience serving on the EEOC, a sister agency to OFCCP, will likely be an important asset as OFCCP moves forward with new and renewed initiatives.
We will continue to monitor this situation and provide an update when Ms. Yang is formally named OFCCP Director.
This post has been updated to show that Ms. Yang has been added to OFCCP’s website as Director.