[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 25 (Tuesday, February 7, 2006)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 6213-6214]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-1092]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

41 CFR Part 60-250

RIN 1215-AB24


Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of 
Contractors and Subcontractors Regarding Protected Veterans; Correction

AGENCY: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Labor.

ACTION: Correcting Amendment.

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SUMMARY: This document contains a correction to the Office of Federal 
Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) final regulations implementing the 
affirmative action provisions of the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment 
Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA), which were published in the Federal 
Register on December 1, 2005. Those final regulations, among other 
things, incorporate the changes to VEVRAA that were made by the 
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 and the Veterans Benefits 
and Health Care Improvement Act of 2000.

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 7, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James C. Pierce, Acting Director, 
Division of Policy, Planning, and Program Development, Office of 
Federal Contract Compliance Programs, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Room N3422, Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693-0102 (voice) or 
(202) 693-1337 (TTY).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Prior to the 1998 and 2000 statutory amendments, the affirmative 
action provisions of the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance 
Act of 1974, as amended, 38 U.S.C. 4212 (``Section 4212'' or 
``VEVRAA'') required parties holding Government contracts or 
subcontracts of $10,000 or more to ``take affirmative action to employ 
and advance in employment qualified special disabled veterans and 
veterans of the Vietnam era.'' The Veterans Employment Opportunities 
Act of 1998 (VEOA) amended section 4212(a) in two ways. First, section 
7 of VEOA raised the amount of a contract required to establish VEVRAA 
coverage from $10,000 or more to $25,000 or more. Second, section 7 of 
VEOA granted VEVRAA protection to veterans who have served on active 
duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign 
badge has been authorized.
    The Veterans Benefits and Health Care Improvement Act of 2000 
(VBHCIA) amended VEVRAA by extending VEVRAA protection to ``recently 
separated veterans'' `` those veterans ``during the one-year period 
beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from 
active duty.'' The final rule regulations published on December 1, 
2005, incorporate the changes made by VEOA and VBHCIA to the contract 
coverage threshold and the categories of protected veterans under 
VEVRAA.

Need for Correction

    Section 60-250.2 in the final regulations published on December 1, 
2005, contains definitions of terms used in the part 60-250 
regulations. A final rule published on June 22, 2005, (70 FR 36262), 
added a new paragraph (v) to Sec.  60-250.2, which set forth a 
definition for the term ``compliance evaluation.'' However, the 
definition for the term ``compliance evaluation'' was inadvertently 
omitted from Sec.  60-250.2 in the final regulations published on 
December 1, 2005. To correct the error, this document adds the 
definition for the term ``compliance evaluation'' to Sec.  60-250.2.

List of Subjects in 41 CFR Part 60-250

    Administrative practice and procedure, Civil rights, Employment, 
Equal employment opportunity, Government contracts, Government 
procurement, Individuals with disabilities, Investigations, Reporting 
and recordkeeping requirements, and Veterans.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 31st day of January, 2006.
Victoria A. Lipnic,
Assistant Secretary for Employment Standards.
Charles E. James, Sr.,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Contract Compliance.


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Accordingly, for the reason set forth above, 41 CFR part 60-250 is 
corrected by making the following correcting amendment:

PART 60-250--AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND NONDISCRIMINATION OBLIGATIONS 
OF CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS REGARDING SPECIAL DISABLED 
VETERANS, VETERANS OF THE VIETNAM ERA, RECENTLY SEPARATED VETERANS, 
AND OTHER PROTECTED VETERANS

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1. The authority citation for Part 60-250 continues to read as follows:


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    Authority: 29 U.S.C. 793; 38 U.S.C. 4211 (2001) (amended 2002); 
38 U.S.C. 4212 (2001) (amended 2002); E.O. 11758 (3 CFR, 1971-1975 
Comp., p. 841).


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2. Section 60-250.2 is corrected by adding a paragraph (x) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  60-250.2  Definitions.

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    (x) Compliance evaluation means any one or combination of actions 
OFCCP may take to examine a Federal contractor's or subcontractor's 
compliance with one or more of the requirements of the Vietnam Era 
Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act.
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