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Deadline Alert: Complete Certification Through the OFCCP Contractor Portal by July 1, 2024

By Debra Milstein Gardner - Jun 13, 2024 1:00:00 PM - 4 MINS READ

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently sent out a reminder to all covered federal contractors and subcontractors to certify their compliance with Affirmative Action Program (AAP) requirements through the Contractor Portal by the July 1, 2024 deadline.

All federal contractors and subcontractors with 50 or more employees and contracts of $50,000 or more (under Executive Order 11246 and Section 503) or $150,000 or more (under VEVRAA) must certify their AAP compliance requirements in the portal.

Contractors failing to certify their compliance with the Affirmative Action Program (AAP) requirements by the July 1st deadline risk being added to the OFCCP scheduling list for a compliance evaluation. Additionally, failing to certify undermines the contractor's standing with federal agencies, potentially affecting their ability to secure future federal contracts. Ensuring timely certification is thus crucial to maintaining good standing and avoiding these significant risks.

Important Next Steps

  1. Register on the Contractor Portal:
    • Visit the OFCCP’s Contractor Portal information page to access resources
    • Register your business and certify your AAP compliance.
  2. Develop and Maintain AAPs:
    • Ensure that you have developed and maintained an AAP for each establishment and/or functional/business unit as required.
    • New contractors should note the 120-day development window and the 90-day certification window.
  3. Utilize Available Resources:
    • Watch the pre-recorded webinar available on the Contractor Portal information page for a detailed demonstration on entering your AAP start date and certifying compliance.
    • Refer to the How-to Videos and User Guides for step-by-step instructions.
    • View OFCCP Frequently Asked Questions for additional information
  4. Seek Assistance if Needed:


To ensure a smooth and compliant certification process and avoid the risk of a compliance evaluation, consider reaching out to OutSolve for expert assistance with portal setup and annual administration. Our team can help you navigate the complexities of the Contractor Portal, ensuring that your Affirmative Action Program certification is accurately completed and submitted on time. Avoid the risks associated with non-compliance and let OutSolve provide the support you need. Contact us today or call 888-414-2410 for more information and to get started.

Debra Milstein Gardner

Debra Milstein Gardner has worked in the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) space for the past 43 years while working in the public and private sectors in various human resources compliance roles. She began her career working for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and then went to the Marriott Corporation for nine years working in EEO, Affirmative Action and field human resource roles. In 1990, Debra founded Workplace Dynamics LLC providing EEO, AA, and DEI consulting services to government contractors. In 2016, Debra sold the affirmative action portion of Workplace Dynamics to OutSolve LLC and works part-time as a Market Analyst. Debra is a sports fanatic, routing for the Baltimore Ravens and all Virginia Tech Hokie teams. She loves to hike and boat in her mountain and lake community of Lake Lure, NC.

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