The affirmative action provisions of VERAA require covered Federal contractors and subcontractors to submit the number of employees in their workforce who are “protected veterans,” the report should include the following:

• Recently separated veterans (veterans within 36 months from discharge or release from active duty)
• Active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans
• Disabled veterans
• Armed Forces service medal veterans (veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a U.S. military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985)

Getting Started

• Before gathering your data, we suggest that you ensure that you have access to the VETS-4212 website (the preferred way to file). Each year you are required to reset your password for the Vets 4212 report. To do this, you need to click on the following link: You will then receive an email from, follow the instructions in the email that you receive to reset your password. If you have any new locations that you will include in this years report, ensure that you have them available. Also, if any information has changed this year such as facility addresses, NAICS number, etc., have them available.

Preparing Your Data

The Vets-4212 report requires that you select a pay period with an ending date that is between July 1, 2017, and August 31, 2017 (the “selected payroll period”), and provide the total number of protected veterans. Covered contractors are also required to report the total number of new hires and the total number of protected veteran new hires for the 12-month period preceding the “selected payroll period”. The last step is to provide the minimum and a maximum number of employees (full-time and part-time) that were employed during the preceding the “selected payroll period”.

Instructions can be found at the DOL’s VETS website here.

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