As the 2018 fiscal budget begins to take shape, the Trump administration is proposing a merger between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), a subagency of the Labor Department that monitors affirmative action and nondiscrimination compliance for federal contractors.
According to the president’s proposed budget, the two agencies would be combined to create “one agency to combat employment discrimination.” Because the EEOC’s mandate is broader, it’s being assumed that it will absorb the OFCCP.
While the proposal has a long road ahead of it, including Congressional approval, employers and civil rights groups are already voicing their opposition, citing fundamental differences between the two agencies:
Groups opposed to the merger include such unlikely allies as the NAACP, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, business associations, and employee rights groups.
Currently it appears unlikely that the merger will pass; we will keep you posted on further developments.
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