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Civil Rights Programs and Functions  
Affirmative Employment
The Civil Rights Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service is responsible for the development, review, and evaluation of equal opportunity programs within the agency. These activities include, but are not limited to:
  • providing technical guidance and information to all employees and supervisors/ management officials;
  • developing and monitoring the Affirmative Employment Plan (AEP);
  • formulating the agency's Civil Rights Policies;
  • directing the following Special Emphasis Programs: Federal Women's, Hispanic Employment, Asian-Pacific American Heritage, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Disability Employment, and African-American Employment;
  • evaluating agency programs for the elimination of barriers.

 
An Affirmative Employment Plan (AEP) is a formal written plan of management objectives designed to improve the participation of women and minorities in all categories of employment. The plan includes goals and timetables designed to improve the representation of women and minorities who are conspicuously absent or have a manifest imbalance in specific occupations or grade levels based on Civilian Labor Force statistics. The AEP provides assessment indicators to Civil Rights Officials to determine trends and results of personnel actions made by management officials.
  • Affirmative Employment Planning - EEOC Management Directive 714
  • Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program (FEORP)
  • Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP)

 
Special Emphasis
Six Special Emphasis Programs under Departmental Regulation 4230-2
  • African American Employment Program
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native Program
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Program
  • Disability Employment Program
  • Federal Women's Program
  • Hispanic Employment Program

 
Compliance (Title VI and Title VII Compliance Reviews)
  • Compliance Review Schedule (Annual)
  • Compliance Review Manual (EEOC/USDA)

 
HBCU/HACU/1890 Initiatives
  • USDA/1890 and HACU National Scholars Programs
  • 1890 Capacity Building Program
  • 1890 Centers of Excellence Program
  • USDA/1890 Liaison Program
  • Summer Intern Programs
  • Executive Orders

 
Program Delivery and Outreach
  • Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and Contracting (8a and minority owned)
  • Cooperative Agreements
  • Utilization of Agency Civil Rights Coordinators
  • Recruitment and Workforce Diversity Taskforce
  • Civil Rights Training
  • Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Diversity Training
  • Pre-complaint Counseling Program

 
Complaints Management/EEO Counseling/Mediation
  • Discrimination Complaints Processing - EEOC Management Directive 110 and 29 CFR Part 1614
  • Program Complaints - 7 CFR Part 15

 
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  Last Modified Date: 02/09/2009