On February 3, 2015 the Department of Labor published a second request for public comments on how it can increase regulatory effectiveness and minimize burdens.  DOL’s request is made pursuant to President Obama’s 2011 Executive Order 13563, requiring federal agencies to review their regulations for ways to make them more effective and less burdensome.  A copy of DOL’s preliminary plan, including OFCCP rules, is here.

OFCCP has already updated VEVRAA and Section 503 regulations, and proposed new rules regarding sex discrimination, pay transparency and pay data collection.  Nonetheless, this request provides another opportunity for federal contractors to directly voice insights and suggestions to OFCCP.

While not asking about specific regulations, OFCCP seeks responses to six particular questions, such as:  “What reporting requirements and information collections can be streamlined or reduced in frequency while achieving the same level of protections…?”

DOL has set up an Internet Portal specifically designed to capture your suggestions.  The Portal is open for input and suggestions from January 28, 2015 through February 25, 2015 and all comments will be available to the public through the Portal.  Let your voice be heard.