Each year the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) releases its Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letter list (CSAL). The purpose of the list is to provide advance notice to those federal contractors that the agency will subject to a compliance review audit. On September 11th, the OFCCP released their 2020 CSAL, notifying over 2,400 federal contractors that they will soon receive an audit scheduling letter from the agency. While the CSAL gives federal contractors at least forty-five (45) days’ advance notice of the audit scheduling letter, it could be longer, depending on the agency’s staffing and workload. The agency last released its CSAL in March 2019, and some contractors on that list have yet to receive an audit scheduling letter.
In addition to the list of contractors, the OFCCP has also produced a set of Frequently Asked Questions and other information to assist those contractors who will be receiving an audit scheduling letter. Further, according to OFCCP, no establishment that has concluded a review or progress report monitoring resulting from a conciliation agreement or consent decree within the last two years was included on the CSAL.
Contractors who are listed on the 2020 CSAL should make sure that their Affirmative Action Plans (AAP’s) and other required documents are up to date. Once a contractor receives the scheduling letter, it will have an additional thirty (30) days to submit their AAP and any requested supporting documentation. However, the OFCCP will frequently grant a one-time 30-day extension for supporting data where the contractor timely provides its AAP.