Revised federal regulations and associated changes to UI personnel processes (March 12, 2014)

August 26, 2016

On Sept. 24, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published Final Rules making substantial changes to the regulations for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and for the Vietnam-era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). These revised Final Rules impose significant new reporting, records management, administrative, and affirmative action obligations on federal contractors such as the University of Iowa.  The Final Rules strengthen the affirmative action and non-discrimination provisions of the regulations and are designed to increase the recruitment and selection of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Three of the important changes concern:  1) listing position vacancies with the state of Iowa; 2) revising the EEO tagline used in recruiting solicitations/advertisements; and 3) providing opportunities to self-identify as an individual with a disability or a protected status veteran. A number of the new requirements are scheduled to take effect on March 24, 2014.

The university tasked an implementation team with representation from several central administrative units to examine the impact of the revised regulations and implement the necessary changes to university search procedures and personnel practices. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD) sent a memorandum and fact sheet on Mar. 12, 2014 that provided a summary of the Final Rules’ impact on UI’s search practices to the Faculty and Unit Human Resources Representatives.  Details of the Final Rules are available in that  memorandumPDF iconfact sheet, and on the OFCCP’s website at:

Section 503 Final Rule (

VEVRAA Final Rule (

We encourage you to review the memorandum so as to familiarize yourself with some of the upcoming changes.

The Section 503/VEVRAA Implementation Team is developing a list of frequently asked questions that will be posted on EOD’s website by the end of March.  Questions not answered by the FAQs may be directed to EOD at or by calling EOD (5-0705).

About the author

Jennifer Modestou, Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Jennifer Modestou

Director of Equal Opportunity & Diversity, Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Jennifer has worked at the University of Iowa’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity office since 1992.  Prior to her appointment as director of the office in 2007, she served as its director of campus relations. 

A native of California, Jennifer received a bachelor of arts degree (with honors) in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.  Jennifer spent a year abroad in Italy as an undergraduate, studying Italian language/culture at the University for Foreigners in Perugia and studying political science and economics at the University of Padova, Italy.