Management Directive (MD) 715
Management Directive 715 (MD-715) is the policy guidance which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides to federal agencies for their use in establishing and maintaining effective programs of equal employment opportunity under Section 717 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended, 29 U.S.C. § 791 et seq. MD-715 provides a roadmap for creating effective equal employment opportunity (EEO) programs for all federal employees as required by Title VII and the Rehabilitation Act. MD-715 took effect on October 1, 2003.
The overall objective of this Directive is to ensure that all employees and applicants for employment enjoy equality of opportunity in the federal workplace regardless of race, sex, national origin, color, religion, disability or reprisal for engaging in prior protected activity.
MD-715 requires the FWS to take appropriate steps to ensure that all employment decisions are free from discrimination. It also sets forth the standards by which the FWS EEO program will be reviewed by the EEOC. Including but not limited to the requirement that the agencies and its subordinates conduct periodic self-assessments and barrier analyses to remove barriers to free and open workplace competition. The FWS is required to issue and submit an MD-715 report annually.