The new federal budget, signed by President Trump last week, allocates $103,476,000 to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
This amount is almost identical to the prior year’s budget and is well north of the $91 million in the President’s proposed budget.
For an agency that has been imposing austerity measures, like voluntary buyouts, this may seem like a huge windfall. How the OFCCP will use these funds remains to be seen. Most contractors are hoping for more -- and improved -- technical assistance and less draconian enforcement measures. Continued staff reductions seem unlikely given the funding at existing levels.
The federal budget did nothing more than provide a line item for OFCCP with no detail on spending, so we look forward to reviewing the OFCCP’s own internal budget to see how the taxpayers’ money will be spent.