Contractors usually have thirty days from the day they receive a scheduling letter and itemized listing from OFCCP to submit their affirmative action plan and other requested documents and data. In the past, many regions have afforded contractors short extensions on that deadline.
However, certain OFCCP Regions have prohibited compliance officers from granting extensions. For example, the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions have been directed not to grant extensions beyond the 30-day deadline for responding to scheduling letters. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, all requests for extensions must be approved by the District Director for the District to which the compliance officer is assigned. On the other hand, other regions have continued their practice of granting extensions.
Given these new policies, contractors should undertake periodic “pre-audits” to confirm that all of the information and data they need to respond to a scheduling letter is prepared and can be submitted within the 30-day deadline.