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Government Contractors: Department of Labor Reports Required and Due Soon

By BillGormley
Published: August 26, 2011 Updated: September 11, 2011

 

If you’re like me, you appreciate a friendly reminder when things are coming due. So, if you’re a small government contractor, consider this your reminder: The submission date for two different reports to the Department of Labor (DOL) is coming soon.

Each year covered contractors must submit the EEO-1 and the VETS-100/VETS 100A reports. While they are generally due by the end of the government’s fiscal year (September 30), this year DOL has extended the date for submission of the VETS-100/VETS 100A report (more on that below).

What are these reports, and why do you have to file them? Good questions. I will explain.

VETS-100/VETS 100A Reporting

Contractors use the VETS-100 or VETS-100A to report annually the number of protected veteran employees and new hires in their workforce.

A federal contractor must file the reports under the following circumstances:

  • VETS-100A Report if it has a current contract or subcontract entered into on or after December 1, 2003, valued at $100,000 or more. A company also uses the form if it has a contract or subcontract that was modified on or after that date and the modification is valued at $100,000 or more.
  •  VETS-100 Report if it has a current contract or subcontract entered into before December 1, 2003, valued at $25,000 or more.

DOL originally planned to accept electronic submissions of VETS 100/VETS-100A forms on August 1, 2011. However, the system has experienced technical problems.  DOL anticipates resolving the problems soon and expects electronic filing to go online as of October 1, 2011. To address the delays in reporting caused by these technical problems, DOL has announced that it will not initiate enforcement actions against contractors who submit the VETS-100/VETS-100A from October 1, 2011 through November 30, 2011.

EEO-1 Reporting

Contractors use the EEO-1 Report, Standard Form 100, to report on the number of employees in their workforce by race, ethnicity, gender, and job categories.  A federal contractor with 50 or more employees and a contract, subcontract, or purchase order valued at $50,000 or more must file the EEO-1 Report.  DOL prefers that companies file the EEO-1 on line here:  https://egov.eeoc.gov/eeo1/eeo1.jsp.

And my last bit of advice: it’s never too early to start filing!

Additional Resources

Bill Gormley is president and CEO of Washington Management Group, chairman of the Coalition for Government Procurement, and Vice Chair at the Procurement Round Table.

  

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The EEO-1 Report is one of several Standard Form 100 reports created by the government to amass statistics about America’s workforce. EEO-1 contains information from private sector employers (public and private companies). EEO-4 contains information from public sector employers (cities, counties, states, special districts). What used to be the EEO-5 and EEO-6 reports for the education sector have now been embedded in Department of Education reports. The EEO-3 report, however, is still required of unions.

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