OFCCP Extends Moratorium on TRICARE Enforcement
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced that it was extending its five-year enforcement moratorium for TRICARE providers for another two years, and expanding the moratorium’s coverage to Veterans Affairs Health Benefits Program providers.
TRICARE is the Department of Defense’s healthcare program for military service members and their families. Directive 2014-01, issued in 2014, established a five-year moratorium on enforcement of the federal contractor affirmative action program and recordkeeping obligations with regard to healthcare providers solely on the basis of their subcontractor status in TRICARE contracts between DOD and prime managed-care contractors. This moratorium has been extended for two years, to 2021, under Directive 2018-02. The new Directive also provides that the moratorium will cover Veterans Affairs Health Benefits Program providers. The enforcement prohibition does not apply to the investigation of discrimination complaints under the laws enforced by OFCCP (Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment