OFCCP's Regulatory Agenda Has Contractors Seething

By Dietrich Knauth (September 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT) -- An ambitious but stalled effort to revamp affirmative action rules for contractors has put President Barack Obama's Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs at loggerheads with federal contractors, and the worsening relationship has bogged down audits and added to the financial strain on both private companies and the agency.

Obama's OFCCP has proposed 10 major rule changes — far more than the four changes the regulator pushed during the Bush administration — that include widely criticized new rules aimed at boosting affirmative action hires of veterans and disabled workers, and a revised audit policy that seeks more detailed data on employee...

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