NLx and Veterans' Compliance
The Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) requires covered federal contractors and subcontractors to list their employment openings with the "appropriate employment service-delivery system." In practical terms, this means jobs must reach American Job Center/One Stop Career Center staff assigned to ensure priority referral to protected veterans (wherever Wagner-Peyser funding exists). This includes Employment Services (ES) staff, Disabled Veterans Outreach Program specialists (DVOPs), Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) and/or State Workforce Agency Job Banks.
Per the mandatory job listing requirement, federal contractors and subcontractors must provide their job listings in a manner a format permitted by the appropriate employment service delivery system, so it can access and use the information to make the job listings available to job seekers – and provide protected veterans priority referral.
The NLx provides an automated download of currently available jobs into state job banks. State staff can access a report, archiving such downloads for jobs coming from DirectEmployers members called "Return Receipt." In addition to the automated downloads, the NLx provides a daily email service, called VetCentral, to state workforce staff responsible for delivering priority of service to veterans. VetCentral was designed to alert designated Wagner-Peyser staff to federal contractor and subcontractor jobs, listed by DirectEmployers' member companies and in accordance with the job listing requirement and current regulations under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA).
What is VEVRAA?
VEVRAA prohibits employment discrimination against specified categories of veterans by covered Federal Government contractors and subcontractors. VEVRAA also requires these federal contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ veterans and advance them in employment. Protected veterans include: (1) disabled veterans; (2) veterans who have separated from the military within the past three years (recently separated veterans); (3) veterans who received an Armed Forces service medal while on active duty; and (4) veterans who served in active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge was authorized.
For further information on VEVRAA's impact on state operations, please click here for an interactive presentation.
What is VetCentral?
Vetcentral, an NLx email alert system, places jobs from all federal contractors directly in the hands of local area workforce staff. This helps the state workforce system better meet its own priority of service requirements. The NLx maintains a robust list of the local area/state-designated addresses and contact information. VetCentral includes a reporting tool (VetCentral Compliance Report) which allows state agencies provide job listing requirement verification to OFCCP, when requested. For states that already take the automated NLx jobs download, the emails function as a reminder that content has been added to the state job bank. American Job Center/One Stop staff use emails in different ways, some directly forwarding them to registered veteran customers and others supplementing the state job bank.
For further information on VetCentral, please click here for an interactive presentation.
States wanting to update or view their VetCentral email distribution listings should contact Josie Link, NLx Operations Manager, at email@example.com.
State Contacts for OFCCP Compliance Audits
NASWA has created a list of state workforce agency POCs (points of contact) for OFCCP compliance auditors to use during compliance audits. This list is updated regularly and serves to facilitate a more effective compliance audit process for states, OFCCP and employers. The list is available to NASWA members and can be accessed by clicking the "Contacts List" icon below. To add or edit information on this list, contact Josie Link, NLx Program Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.