A state contract shall not be entered into unless the contractor possesses a current Certificate of Compliance issued by the State EEO Coordinator. In accordance with Section 9.47 of the Ohio Revised Code (R.C.), the State EEO Coordinator will determine if a contractor has complied with all applicable federal and state affirmative action programs to which the contractor was subject pursuant to R.C. 153.59.
A contractor or subcontractor that fails to demonstrate a good faith effort to comply with equal employment opportunity and affirmative action requirements may be found in violation of the an affirmative action program. The State EEO Coordinator shall issue the contractor a denial notification with an explanation of the violation and appeal rights.
Any contractor denied a certificate may appeal to the Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS). The appeal must be filed within ten days of the date of determination. The DAS Director shall either affirm or reverse the coordinator’s determination within five days after receipt of the appeal.
If a contractor is not satisfied with the decision of the DAS Director, it may appeal the decision to the Court of Common Pleas of Franklin County within thirty days of the decision. At the hearing before the court, evidence may be introduced for and against the decision of the DAS Director.
Contractors bidding on state or state assisted construction contracts may apply for a Certificate of Compliance.
The applicant must file a Certificate of Compliance application through the Ohio Business Gateway. Please note that only complete applications will be reviewed. Additional information may be requested. Upon application approval, the company will receive its approval email and the certificate is posted on EOD’s website.
Steps to Submit Application
Note: Forms will not be received by the Division unless data is "accepted" to complete the application which generates a business user's confirmation receipt. The form will be received in the Division the following business day.
We at EOD are excited to partner with the Ohio Business Gateway Modernization Project in an effort to make doing business with the State of Ohio easier and more efficient. Whether completing a Unified Application for the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) program, applying for a new Certificate of Compliance or Affirmative Action Program Verification, or even completing your monthly Workhour Utilization Reports (I-29s), it is our hope that this improved process will be easy and drastically improve the way your business interacts with state government.
The modernized Ohio Business Gateway is finally here! The State of Ohio is one step closer to making doing business in Ohio easier and more efficient. For more information and a look at the Gateway Modernization, check out the video below and visit gateway.ohio.gov.
The enabling statutes for the Certificate of Compliance program is R.C. 9.47. The regulations that govern the program are found in Ohio Adm. Code Chapter 123:2-11.
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