OFCCP Receives Extension on Current Disability Self-ID Form, OMB Seeking Comments on Form’s Proposed Revisions
As mentioned in an earlier blog post, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is seeking to revise its prescribed self-identification form for disability status. In doing so, the agency hopes to increase self-identification responses by streamlining the form and providing additional information on disabilities to applicants and employees. However, substantial changes to a government document generally must be published in the Federal Register so the public has an opportunity to review them and provide comment before going into effect.
In October of 2019, OFCCP published a notice of the proposed revisions and said it would receive and consider comments until December 2, 2019. It then considered those comments and incorporated several revisions to its proposed form. According to the agency, the revisions were significant enough to require another 30-day public comment period to comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act. Thus, the public now has an additional opportunity to comment on the proposed form through March 2, 2020. Once the comment period on the proposed revisions closes, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will either approve the form for up to three years or send it back to OFCCP for additional revisions.
OFCCP’s current self-identification form for disability status expired on January 31, 2020. However, the approval for that form has since been extended through February 29, 2020. Federal contractors should continue using the current self-identification forms for disability until further notice.
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