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OFCCP Adds Megaprojects to Build Equal Opportunity in Construction Trades

By Debra Milstein Gardner - Oct 16, 2023 1:25:19 PM - 3 MINS READ

In March 2023, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) launched the groundbreaking Megaproject program, aimed at providing essential resources and support for federal construction projects valued at $35 million or more and lasting at least one year. This program is dedicated to promoting equal opportunities within the construction trades. Exciting news came last week when the OFCCP announced the inclusion of 12 additional federal construction projects as official Megaprojects. The identification process for these new projects was carried out in collaboration with esteemed organizations such as the Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Energy (DOE), General Services Administration (GSA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To ensure fairness, the agency meticulously employed a set of neutral criteria to designate these Megaprojects from a vast selection of eligible projects.

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In June 2023, the OFCCP published a Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letter (CSAL) identifying 250 federal construction contractors, federally assisted contractors, and federally assisted subcontractors for upcoming compliance evaluations. The agency used a specific methodology to compile the list, targeting contracts with a value exceeding $10,000 and estimated start dates before May 15, 2022, and estimated end dates after May 15, 2025. Although the OFCCP has not yet released a CSAL specifically identifying Megaprojects, they likely will continue to focus on large contractors involved in long-term federally funded projects for future compliance audits.

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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