Last month, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the use of a revised Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form (CC-305) released by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act requires federal contractors and subcontractors with at least 50 employees and contracts of $50,000 or more to work toward having individuals with disabilities comprise at least 7% of their workforce. Federal regulations require these covered contractors to provide an opportunity for applicants, job offerees, and employees to voluntarily self-identify as an individual with a disability, using a specific form approved by OMB. Federal contractors use the voluntary responses of its applicants, offerees, and employees to determine whether it is achieving the goal of having individuals with a disability represent 7% of its workforce.

The revised and more streamlined Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form is designed to make it easier for applicants and employees to voluntarily self-identify their disability status, with the goal of increasing response rates. As compared to the previous version, the new form eliminates the “Reasonable Accommodation Notice,” which brings the form down to one page instead of two. The form also expands the list of examples of disability and lists them alphabetically, and informs the applicant or employee that the purpose of the form is to measure the employer’s progress toward meeting its representation goals. The form still advises that completion is voluntary and responses are confidential. 

Federal contractors and subcontractors have until August 4, 2020 to begin using this new form, a copy of which may be found here. 

Stephanie Wilson is a Partner and Co-Director of Government Contracts at Berenzweig Leonard. She can be reached at [email protected]

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