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EEOC’s final rule on federal sector EEO processing clears regulatory review

The Office of Management and Budget on July 12 completed its regulatory review of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) final rule, Federal Sector Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint Processing (29 CFR 1614), according to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). The commission previously published a proposed rule notice seeking public comment in the Federal Register on December 21, 2009.

The rule notice states that the EEOC had been reviewing the existing federal sector EEO complaint process, considering alternatives, and consulting stakeholders about possible reforms that would address concerns about the timeliness of complaint processing, the quality of agency investigations, the proper role the EEOC and the federal agencies should play in the complaint process, and the hearings and appellate review process. The commission’s proposed rule notice was the initial step in that review.

Now that OIRA has completed its review of the EEOC’s final rule, publication of the rule is imminent.