• Federal Contractors Required To Use Census Data Beginning January 1, 2014
  • September 23, 2013 | Author: Jennifer L. Craighead
  • Law Firm: Barley Snyder - Lancaster Office
  • Beginning January 1, 2014, federal contractors required to prepare written affirmative action plans must rely on the new Census data when preparing their plans. Specifically, data collected through the American Community Survey (“ACS”) through 2010 was released in a Special EEO File late 2012. This file contains a roll up of ACS data collected between 2006 and 2010. Rather than the 2000 data currently being used, federal contractors must refer to this new data file beginning on January 1, 2014 when preparing Affirmative Action Plans.

    A few noteworthy points for contractors to consider regarding the new Census data include:

    • A handful of new Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) codes are available when organizing job groups for purposes of Affirmative Action planning.

    • Although there was not much change in the overall percentage of available males vs. females in the workforce between the 2000 and the 2010 data, the distribution of males and females throughout the United States has changed.
    • In most regions of the United States, and particularly in the Eastern United States, the 2010 data reflects a higher availability of minorities in the workforce as compared to the 2000 data, which may result in higher or additional minority placement goals in specified job groups.