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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has been harassing and filing lawsuits against federal contractors for alleged discrimination. Instead of promoting affirmative action, the OFCCP has been antagonizing contractors and treating potential allies as enemies.

According to the Chamber of Commerce, the OFCCP demands large amounts of data from contractors in short time frames, ignores contractors’ diversity efforts and often pursues take it or leave it conciliation efforts. The OFCCP is also requiring to meet company CEOs who do not have sufficient knowledge about their companies’ recruitment processes.

The actions of the OFCCP is leading some companies to have second thoughts about working for the federal government. If these companies decide to do so, everyone loses including those people that the government is supposedly trying to help. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia should audit the OFCCP and pull back enforcement actions that are not based on strong traditional evidence.

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