The long national nightmare for many federal contractors and subcontractors is coming to an end – at least for now. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has ordered the EEO-1 Component 2 pay data portal be closed per the request of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Access to the site used for reporting officially closes at 5:00pm (Eastern Time) on Friday, February 14. The Component 2 reporting specifically focused on the collection of pay data for employees in 2017 and 2018.

The official order states that over 88% of eligible filers had already submitted their EEO-1 Component 2 data for the two years in question, thus the “parties agree that this collection satisfies the government’s obligations to complete the EEO-1 Component 2 data” for 2017 and 2018.

This information was gathered through February 6, 2020, and EEOC plans to retain the data it has received. Should EEOC make a decision on further actions with the data, including disposal, the agency will be required to provide a 60-day notice and ensure they are in compliance with federal law.

The order was officially signed on February 10, 2020, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. This came to a conclusion as part of the civil action proposed by the National Women’s Law Center v. Office of Management and Budget.

As for the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 Report, the survey is technically not open as EEOC needs to get approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before proceeding. Last year, EEOC opened the 2018 survey on March 18, 2019, with the deadline to submit EEO-1 data set as May 31, 2019.

When the survey is opened, EEOC will post an announcement on its home page and send a notification letter to eligible EEO-1 filers.

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