Watch Your Mail, Contractors! OFCCP issues Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSALs)

February, 2014

If you are a federal contractor, watch your mail. The OFCCP is sending out its Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSALs). These letters are mailed to federal contractors to put them on notice that receipt of a notice of desk audit (scheduling letter) will likely arrive sometime within the OFCCP’s current fiscal year (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014).

The CSAL, which is sent to the company representative listed on the EEO-1 report, does not require a response from the contractor. Only the receipt of a scheduling letter initiates the audit process and requires the contractor to submit documentation. However, because response to a scheduling letter must be completed within 30 days, and the OFCCP has been very reluctant to grant extensions, the receipt of a CSAL should not be ignored. Receipt of this letter gives contractors time to make sure that their AAP and all required documentation, postings, and notices are up to date. It also gives the contractor time to examine and correct any potential adverse impact issues or compensation differences among employees in the same job.

Although in total the OFCCP is not conducting more audits than they have in past years, they are being much more thorough in the audits they are conducting. Statistics over the past several years show the OFCCP is issuing an increasing number of "notice of violations” (NOVs) for discrimination, recordkeeping, and other technical violations. A receipt of a CSAL should prompt the contractor to review all of the AAP regulations to ensure their practices and procedures are in compliance.

Cascade Employers Association will continue to provide updated information regarding changes in OFCCP regulations, enforcement, and the scheduling letters. If you have any questions, or if you receive a CSAL or a scheduling letter, please don’t hesitate to contact Cascade so that we can assist you.


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