VEVRAA Focused Review List Released by OFCCP
OFCCP has released a list of organizations that should expect to undergo VEVRAA focused reviews. The list was released on Friday, November 8. The list includes 500 organizations from across the United States.
VEVRAA (the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act) requires affirmative action for certain classes of veterans. OFCCP had announced its intention to conduct compliance reviews focused on veterans issues this summer at the Industry Liaison Group National Conference. The agency had been expected to release the VEVRAA focused review list on Veterans Day.
VEVRAA List is a Supplement to March 2019 CSAL
The VEVRAA focused review list is a supplement to the Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) that OFCCP released in March of 2019. That list included 3,500 reviews, including 500 focused reviews under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 503 requires affirmative action for individuals with disabilities.
OFCCP is currently in the midst of conducting compliance reviews of organizations that were found on the March 2019 CSAL. The Section 503 focused reviews are in their initial stages. Thus, it is difficult to know what OFCCP is learning from these reviews that may affect the VEVRAA focused reviews.
OFCCP Provides Resources for VEVRAA Focused Reviews
OFCCP’s website has a new page that is specifically devoted to VEVRAA focused reviews. The page includes a series of frequently asked questions about these reviews. There are also best practices and various resources for employers.
The VEVRAA focused review page indicates that OFCCP will be posting a copy of the relevant scheduling letter. OFCCP had submitted a proposed version of the VEVRAA focused review scheduling letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in June of 2019. At that time, the agency submitted proposed revisions to the scheduling letter to be used for traditional reviews as well as revisions to the letter to be used for Section 503 focused reviews. OMB has not yet approved any of these letters.
Timing for VEVRAA Focused Reviews
OFCCP has not announced when VEVRAA focused reviews will begin. When OFCCP released the March 2019 CSAL, the agency said it would begin reviews as early as 45 days after the release of the list. VEVRAA focused reviews are unlikely to open any sooner than early January. No VEVRAA focused reviews will open until OFCCP has an OMB approved scheduling letter for these reviews.