NOD President Carol Glazer commented today on the Mega Construction Project Program announced by the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Funded by the landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this announcement holds tremendous opportunity for people with disabilities seeking employment with federal contractors in the construction trades working on large federally funded projects.
“When the National Organization on Disability, along with other leading disability groups, met recently with leadership at the U.S. Department of Labor, the issue of disability employment by federal contractors was one of our top priorities. So we were gratified and thankful to see this news about Megaprojects. Federal contractors from all sectors – including construction – can and must do better in hiring people with disabilities.
“NOD looks forward to supporting OFCCP’s promotion of Megaprojects workforce opportunities to people with disabilities, so they can meaningfully contribute to projects in their communities. Partnerships with disability organizations will be essential, as project managers endeavor to source talent with disabilities and fill workplace gaps across the country.
“A diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities makes good business sense. I’ve seen companies do this successfully when they make it a priority, and NOD stands at the ready to assist those federal contractors that need the help.”
About the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
The Dept. of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) provides extensive and no-cost compliance assistance to contractors and subcontractors to strengthen recruitment, hiring, and employment practices, removing hiring barriers and promoting consideration of a diverse pool of qualified workers for jobs in the trades, including women, people of color, veterans, and people with disabilities.