The CO may conduct audits of applications for which certifications have been granted.
(a) Discretion. The applications selected for audit will be chosen within the sole discretion of the CO.
(b) Audit letter. Where an application is selected for audit, the CO will issue an audit letter to the employer and a copy, if appropriate, to the employer's agent or attorney. The audit letter will:
(1) State the documentation that must be submitted by the employer;
(2) Specify a date no more than 30 days from the date of the audit letter by which the required documentation must be received by the CO; and
(3) Advise that failure to comply with the audit process may result in the revocation of the certification or program debarment.
(c) Supplemental information request. During the course of the audit examination, the CO may request supplemental information and/or documentation from the employer in order to complete the audit.
(d) Potential referrals. In addition to steps in this subpart, the CO may determine to provide the audit findings and underlying documentation to DHS or another appropriate enforcement agency. The CO will refer any findings that an employer discouraged an eligible U.S. worker from applying, or failed to hire, discharged, or otherwise discriminated against an eligible U.S. worker, to the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Unfair Immigration Related Employment Practices.