The OFCCP Week in Review (WIR) is a simple, fast and direct summary of relevant happenings in the OFCCP regulatory environment, authored by experts John C. Fox, Candee Chambers and Jennifer Polcer. In today’s edition, they discuss:
- Comment on Proposed Joint-Employer Rule
- Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Announced
- EEOC’s Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics Debut
- Covered Federal Contracts – Minimum Wage Increase
- Happy Holidays – We’ll be back in 2019!
Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Announced
The Partnership for Public Service announced its rankings of The 2018 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. The views of more than 847,000 civil servants from 488 federal organizations comprise the data.
- 59.1% agencies saw their employee engagement scores decline.
- 39.6% agencies saw their employee engagement scores increase.
- 1.3% agencies saw their employee engagement scores stay the same.
These results represent a stark contrast to the previous three years when more than 70 percent of federal organizations experienced gains in how employees viewed their jobs and workplaces.
- NASA continues to be #1 of the 17 Large Agencies.
- Federal Trade Commission tops the list for the 27 Midsize Agencies. EEOC is at 15 and the Department of Labor at 19.
- Office of the General Counsel, part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision takes #1 in the Agency Subcomponents category. This is the largest category in the survey, totaling 415. OFCCP comes in at 399. The Agency has been in the lower quartile since the inception of the rankings in 2011. However, OFCCP showed an increase in Effective Leadership: Fairness, Employee Skills-Mission Match, Strategic Management, and Teamwork.
The index score is not a combined average of an agency’s category scores. It is calculated using a proprietary weighted formula that looks at responses to three different questions in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The more the question predicts intent to remain, the higher the weighting. Those questions are:
- I recommend my organization as a good place to work.
- Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your job?
- Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your organization?
Friday, December 14, 2018: EEOC’s Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics Debut
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a series of “Data Dialogues” this week to introduce stakeholders to the Agency’s new Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA). Advocacy groups, employer representatives, academics, and researchers, including non-profit organizations, participated in meetings at EEOC headquarters in Washington, D.C., to interact with OEDA’s leadership and hear about the new structure within the agency.
“It was clear to me the agency had to make some dramatic change to bring our capacity into the 21st century,” said EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic. “We also had to address important issues about data protection, access, and internal data governance. The new OEDA allowed us to do all of that.”
Created in May 2018, ODEA will develop an enterprise-wide data analytics system to enhance mission effectiveness and make EEOC’s data readily available to both internal and external users. The Office will utilize state of the art data and information science tools now available to them.
In addition to other functions, the OEDA team manages EEOC’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) surveys, which collect workforce data from employers, unions and labor organizations, state and local governments, and public and secondary school systems and includes the team of economists and statisticians who advise on large investigations. Historically this is where OFCCP has captured its data on who is a Federal Government Contractor. You may recall earlier this year, changes in the EEO-1 survey created confusion as the Agency tries to sort a way to capture employees of the GIG economy.
Happy Holidays – We’ll be back in 2019!
The next two Mondays fall on the “Eve’s,” and we know you are extremely busy wrapping up your Affirmative Action Plans. So we will leave you uninterrupted to complete your assessment of outreach, gather your Applicant data, and all the additional bells and holly required to fulfill your Plans.
We wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with good health, family, friends, and no statistical differences in your data!
Note. Should there be any breaking news before our regularly scheduled program on Monday, January 7, 2019 – we will report as a Compliance Alert.
Our holiday gift to you is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the whole year, the Week-In-Review!
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John C. Fox, Esq. is President and Partner at Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C. where he represents companies and tries cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Mr. Fox has extensive trial experience, having spent more than 300 days in trial. Mr. Fox was also lead trial counsel in the first of the six wage-hour class actions known to have been tried in California and was lead trial counsel in what are believed to have been the two largest disability law suits in the United States. He is an across-the-board employment lawyer representing management nationwide. Full Bio »