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Equal Employment Opportunity: DOL Contract Compliance Reviews Could Better Target Federal Contractors

HEHS-95-177 Published: Sep 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1995.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFCCP) oversight of federal contractors' equal employment opportunity (EEO) practices, focusing on: (1) OFCCP fulfillment of its mission and responsibilities; (2) changes in OFCCP resources in recent years; and (3) whether the OFCCP selection procedure for contractor reviews could mask discrimination against specific minority groups.


Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs In order to reduce the likelihood of overlooking contractors that may discriminate against particular racial groups, OFCCP should use, in targeting contractors for review, existing data on individual minority groups in geographic areas where the minority populations are large enough so that statistically valid analyses can be completed.
Closed – Implemented
OFCCP has implemented this recommendation. Beginning with the 1997 run of the Equal Employment Data System (EEDS), which included FY 1996 data, OFCCP incorporated statistical analyses of disaggregated data into EEDS in addition to utilization index and concentration index computations for minorities as a whole.

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