AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN
What is Federal Contractor Affirmative Action?
There are two types of employment affirmative action for federal contractors. One is for goods and services (41 CFR 60-1, 60-2) and the other is for construction contractors (41 CFR 60-4). There is one similarity...each is dependent on the employer having a primary contract or first-tier subcontract with the federal government. For example, if the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a contract for construction of an airport control tower, or paving of an interstate highway, federal money would be spent in a contract fashion to construct something. That would be subject to federal affirmative action regulations dealing with construction contractors. Subcontractors who provided concrete work, steel structures, glazing, roofing, plumbing and electrical work would also be subject to the requirements.
On the other hand, if the project involved products sold to the federal government, such as automobiles, rockets, pencils or graph paper, the rules for goods and services contracts would apply. If an employer provided consulting services to the federal government under contract, that too would be subject to affirmative action regulations.
What if ... ?
What if a city were building the airport, using a federal grant, but the city actually hired the contractors and bought all the "stuff" that goes into an airport like communication systems, baggage handling systems, traffic light systems, computer systems and such. Chances are, it wouldn't involve federal contracts in every instance. The city may have its own requirements for contractors, but that could be different from requirements for federal contractors.
Employers who wish to do business with any government agency, or with suppliers to the government, should familiarize themselves with any affirmative action requirements enforced by the contracting agency. Doing business with that agency means accepting and meeting those requirements.
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