Veterans Employment Policy

Although HR Policy Association strongly supports helping our nation’s veterans successfully reenter civilian employment through proactive affirmative action efforts, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) proposed rulemaking will do little to significantly increase employment opportunities for qualified protected veterans.  HR Policy Association believes that the extraordinary costs and disproportionate emphasis on paperwork stemming from OFCCP’s proposed rule will have a substantial negative impact not only on veterans’ employment, but on employment opportunities in general.  Further, we believe that OFCCP’s proposed rule is fundamentally inconsistent with President Obama’s January 18, 2011 Executive Order on Improving Regulation and Regulatory Reform (Executive Order 13563), which among other things requires federal agencies:  to use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends; to tailor their regulations to impose the least burden on society; and to propose or adopt a regulation only upon a reasoned determination that its benefits justify its costs.  While many of our members engage in well-publicized, active and effective recruitment efforts for veterans and many have established programs across the country that provide career-related support services to veterans in their employ and their family members, HR Policy Association recommends that OFCCP withdraw its proposed rule and begin working with businesses, organizations, and other experts on crafting an alternative proposal that would meaningfully improve the employment situation for our nation’s veterans.