Monday, January 27, 2014

OMB Approves OFCCP’s Section 503 Self-Identification Form

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On January 22, 2014, the Office of Management and Budget approved the final version of theVoluntary Self-Identification of Disability form required by the new regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 503).  It should be noted that this does not affect the OFCCP’s phased in approach to compliance regarding Subpart C for Federal Contractors.

Federal contractors must use this form to invite job applicants and employees to voluntarily self-identify as an individual with a disability as required by 41 CFR 60-741.42 of the new regulations.  It provides employees and job applicants three options for self-disclosure, provides examples of disabilities, highlights that disclosure is voluntary and confidential, and includes a short paragraph on reasonable accommodation.  The form is available on OFCCP’s Web site

Federal Contractors who wish to provide this form electronically must meet specific contextual requirements to include:
  •  Display the OMB number and expiration date;
  • Contain the text of the form without alteration;
  • Use a sans-serif font, such as Calibri or Arial; and
  • Use at least 11-pitch for font size (with the exception of the footnote and burden statement, which must be at least 10-pitch in size).
For more information see OFCCP’s FAQs for the rule.

Lisa Kaiser
Director of Compliance Services/General Counsel

Dallas, Texas
Phone 972.369.0015
Facsimile 972.369.1814