On April 11, 2012, the Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released an announcement informing the federal contracting community of recent updates to policies prohibiting retaliation by the agency against contractors who seek information, guidance and/or assistance from it.

As OFCCP confirms, the agency has a long-standing policy that requests by federal contractors for information and compliance or technical assistance will not trigger a compliance evaluation.  The policy in its current form can be viewed at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/non-retaliation.htm