Under the leadership of Ondray T. Harris, OFCCP recently released a detailed description of the methodology used for developing their scheduling list of supply and service federal contractors. This process has been summarized in the article below. OFCCP’s audit selection process starts with the agency downloading Federal contract information from archived files of the Federal Procurement Data System–Next Generation (FPDS-NG) for three preceding years (2015, 2016 and 2017). The FPDS is a database of federal contracts maintained by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) that identifies contracting bodies, contractors, the value and term of federal contracts, as well as other relevant information.

After a process of removing contractors for various jurisdictionally disqualifying factors, the agency created “Establishment Records” based on physical addresses for single establishment contractors. For contractors with more than one contract at the same physical address, the contract record with the farthest expiration date became the Establishment Record and all contract numbers from other contract records were added to it. These establishments were called “Direct Establishments.” Contract information was then matched and consolidated with the EEO-1 Database to establish a “Parent Record” for single and multi-establishment contractors with one or more contracts. For each parent in the Parent File, OFCCP extracted all establishments with 100 or more employees from the EEO-1 database and added them to the Establishment File. These extracted establishments did not have direct contracts but fell within OFCCP’s jurisdiction because their parent entity had a covered direct contract(s). These additional establishments were called “Associate Establishments.” OFCCP then added contract information from the parent record to the respective Associate Establishment records.

After the reduction and consolidation processes summarized above, the remaining records created the “Available Pool” for selection. When all establishments in the Available Pool were identified, they were randomly ordered and uploaded to OFCCP’s Case Management System for processing by its district offices. OFCCP does not purge unscheduled cases from prior lists before releasing the new scheduling lists.

If you would like to review OFCCP’s full published methodology, please click here to download the file.