Frequently Asked Questions

Affirmative Action Plans

What is an Affirmative Action Plan?

An affirmative action plan (AAP) is a management tool that helps ensure employers are providing applicants and employees with equal employment opportunity. Employers with federal contracts or subcontracts may be required to create an AAP annually.  To find out if your organization is required to complete an AAP, complete OFCCP Certification.

Who has to prepare an Affirmative Action Plan?

Organizations with the following may be required to complete AAPs annually: 50 or more employees, and a federal supply and service contract or subcontract worth $50,000 or more.

Organizations contracted to perform construction work for the federal government may also be required to complete AAPs annually.

Why do I need an Affirmative Action Plan?

Employers with federal contracts or subcontracts may be required by federal regulations to completed AAPs and certify compliance annually. The Department of Labor conducts audits of federal contractors to check for compliance.

What happens after you prepare the Affirmative Action Plan?

Your organization’s AAPs will contain important analyses that can help guide your efforts to take affirmative action and ensure equal employment opportunity. There are also additional requirements that go beyond the written AAPs.  Make sure your organization is in full compliance by completing OFCCP Certification.


How do I know what’s required of my organization?

Your organization’s affirmative action obligation depend on the size of your organization and the size of your federal contracts.  OFCCP Certification is designed to help you understand your specific obligations and provide a list of what your relevant requirements are. Check your compliance for free with OFCCP Certification.

What happens if my organization is not compliant?

Employers with federal contracts or subcontracts are required to certify compliance with federal affirmative action regulations on an annual basis. Employers that fail to certify are more likely to be audited by the Department of Labor. Audits can result in conciliation agreements, back pay settlements, and the loss of current and future federal contracts.

What is OFCCP's Contractor Portal?

OFCCP's Contractor Portal is a system through which the Department of Labor intends to check the compliance of federal contractors and subcontractors with affirmative action regulations. In this portal, employers with federal contracts or subcontracts must certify compliance with affirmative action regulations on an annual basis.

What is the EEO-1 Report?

The EEO-1 Report is a mandatory annual data collection that requires all private sector employers with 100 or more employees, and federal contractors with 50 or more employees meeting certain criteria, to submit demographic workforce data, including data by race/ethnicity, sex, and job categories.

What is the VETS-4212 Report?

The VETS-4212 report is a required report for federal contractors and subcontractors. The report measures employers’ in employing and advancing veterans.

Currently, the report is required of employers with $150,000 or more in federal contracts or subcontracts. For more information and to determine if the VETS 4212 report and other requirements must be met by your organization, complete OFCCP Certification. If you need assistance filing your VETS-4212 report, please reach out to our consultants here.


Who created OFCCP Certification?

OFCCP Certification was created by subject matter experts at DCI Consulting. DCI has been working with federal contractors on OFCCP regulations since 2001. They have experience in many industries and different sized organizations. More information on DCI can be found here.

Why do I need to provide my name and email?

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How much does OFCCP Certification cost?

OFCCP Certification is a free service.  Your organization may be required by federal regulations to complete one or more mandatory reports. Contact DCI Consulting regarding assistance that is available for completing these requirements.