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FHWA Order 4710.8

Order
Subject
CLARIFICATION OF FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION (FHWA) AND STATE RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER 11246 AND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL) REGULATIONS IN 41 CFR CHAPTER 60
Classification Code Date Office of Primary Interest
4710.8 February 1, 1999 [office]

Par. 1. Purpose
2. Background
3. Applicability
4. Authority and Responsibilities
5. Cancellation

  1. PURPOSE. To define FHWA’s authority and responsibility concerning Executive Order (EO) 11246, as amended, and DOL regulations, set forth in 41 CFR Chapter 60.

  2. BACKGROUND. Under EO 11246, "Equal Employment Opportunity," the FHWA is required to include certain nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity provisions in direct Federal contracts and federally assisted construction contracts. The provisions have been established by the DOL, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and are set forth in 41 CFR Part 60-1, "Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors," and 41 CFR Part 60-4, "Construction Contractors Affirmative Action Requirements."

  3. APPLICABILITY. This Order applies to all direct Federal contracts and federally assisted construction contracts and subcontracts.

  4. AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. Department of Labor: Under Section 303 of EO 11246, only the DOL has the authority to determine compliance with EO 11246 and its implementing regulations. The FHWA and the State highway agency do not have independent authority to determine compliance with EO 11246, 41 CFR Chapter 60, or the minority and female participation goals established by OFCCP, pursuant to 41 CFR Chapter 60.

    2. State highway agencies and FHWA:

      (1) The State highway agency and FHWA have responsibility to ensure that recipients of Federal-aid funds include the required contractual language relating to equal employment opportunity, as set forth in 41 CFR Parts 60-1 and 60-4, either explicitly or by reference.

      (2) The State highway agency and the FHWA have the authority and the responsibility to ensure compliance with 23 USC Section 140 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and related regulations, including 49 CFR Parts 21 and 23, and 23 CFR Parts 200, 230, and 633. Pursuant to this authority, the State highway agency and the FHWA may conduct compliance reviews of contractors on federally funded highway projects to determine compliance with these laws and related regulations. State highway agencies shall prepare complete, written reports of findings of the compliance reviews. These reports, and the evidence on which they are based, shall be available for FHWA analysis.

      (3) If the State highway agency or the FHWA becomes aware of any possible violations of EO 11246 or 41 CFR Chapter 60, each has the authority and the responsibility to notify the OFCCP.

      (4) The FHWA and the State highway agency shall not make any determinations regarding compliance with EO 11246 or 41 CFR Chapter 60.

  5. CANCELLATION. The FHWA Form 86, Compliance Data Report, is hereby canceled.


 

Original signed by:
Kenneth R. Wykle
Federal Highway Administrator


Related Sites:

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights - The Executive Order on Affirmative Action (E.O. 11246): One of Our Nation's Most Successful Civil Rights Programs

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