(a) Contractors and subcontractors, when entering into contracts and subcontracts subject to the Act, are required to-
(1) List all employment openings, with the appropriate employment service delivery system where the opening occurs, except for-
(i) Executive and senior management positions;
(ii) Positions to be filled from within the contractor's organization; and
(iii) Positions lasting three days or less.
(2) Take affirmative action to employ, advance in employment, and otherwise treat qualified individuals, including qualified disabled veterans, without discrimination based upon their status as a protected veteran, in all employment practices;
(3) Undertake appropriate outreach and positive recruitment activities that are reasonably designed to effectively recruit protected veterans; and
(4) ) Establish a hiring benchmark and apply it to hiring of protected veterans in each establishment, on an annual basis, in the manner prescribed in the regulations of the Secretary of Labor.
(b) Except for contracts for commercial products or commercial services, or contracts that do not exceed the simplified acquisition threshold, contracting officers must not obligate or expend funds appropriated for the agency for a fiscal year to enter into a contract for the procurement of personal property and nonpersonal services (including construction) with a contractor that has not submitted the required annual VETS-4212, Federal Contractor Veterans’ Employment Report (VETS-4212 Report), with respect to the preceding fiscal year if the contractor was subject to the reporting requirements of 38 U.S.C.4212(d) for that fiscal year.