OFCCP Launches Mega Construction Project Initiative
A better understanding of the program’s goal
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has launched its Mega Construction Project (Megaproject) Program. The program is an initiative within the agency’s broader construction enforcement and outreach program to promote equitable hiring and fair workplaces by federal contractors in the construction trades on large federally funded projects. This program is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which is creating new job opportunities across the country. OFCCP will start by designating a group of BIL-funded projects as Megaprojects by creating new good jobs in communities across the country.
To be designated as Megaprojects, construction projects need to be worth $35 million or more and receive some federal funding and are expected to last for at least one year. OFCCP will provide free, continuous, on-the-ground assistance to Megaprojects by helping project owners with stakeholder outreach, connecting them with recruitment sources, and engaging with worker advocates, community-based organizations, and the opportunity to foster strong connections and build trust with the community.
OFCCP provides extensive and no-cost compliance assistance to contractors and subcontractors to strengthen recruitment, hiring, and employment practices, removing hiring barriers and promoting consideration of a diverse pool of qualified workers for jobs in the trades, including women, people of color, veterans, and people with disabilities. In addition, OFCCP conducts compliance reviews to evaluate contractors’ anti-discrimination and equal opportunity practices.
The launch of the Megaproject Program coincides with Equal Pay Day. The Biden-Harris Administration is using a whole-of-government approach and aims to close gender and racial wage gaps by creating more opportunities for women and people of color in high-paying careers where they are currently underrepresented.