Industry Liaison Groups (ILGs) were created by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) on January 29, 1982 when then Director Ellen Shong issued a memo encouraging open communications between federal contractors and the OFCCP. Since inception ILGs have expanded their partnerships to include other government agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Employers began forming Industry Liaison Groups in all Department of Labor Regions. Forming ILGs gave public and private sector representatives a common platform to develop a more positive partnership to achieve their mutual affirmative action and equal employment opportunity goals. The first ILG was formed in the Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington Region.

ILGs are individual organizations governed by their membership. ILGs hold regular meetings to discuss current and relevant issues to both the federal contractor community and government enforcement agency personnel.