Branch of Equal Opportunity & Diversity (EOD) manages the Equal Opportunity Program for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in compliance with the Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended in 1991; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, particularly Sections 501, 504, and 508; various Executive Orders and directives from the Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Justice (DOJ), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); minority higher education requirements, and other related statutes, orders and court decisions.
The Equal Opportunity Program staff work to ensure a discrimination/harassment-free work environment for all employees, and to ensure that all employees and applicants for employment are provided a full and fair opportunity to contribute to the fullest extent of their abilities in pursuing a career at the FWS. We also strive to recruit potential applicants from diverse backgrounds into FWS.
Some of our responsibilities include:
- Developing and delivering Equal Employment Opportunity related training for managers, supervisors, and employees;
- Providing guidance and assistance on EEO related matters to managers, supervisors, and employees;
- Managing the discrimination complaints programs including providing EEO Counseling, investigating complaints of discrimination, ensuring implementation of settlement agreements, tracking complaints activities, reviewing reports of investigation for completeness, and coordinating hearings and appeals with DOI, EEOC, and the Office of the Solicitor;
- Collecting, analyzing and disseminating workforce data, conducting analysis of workforce trends, issuing reports on workforce-related data, diversity and complaints trends, and other types of EEO-related information; and
- Developing and monitoring implementation of the EEOC, MD-715 affirmative programs of equal employment opportunity under Section 717 of Title VII and effective affirmative action programs under Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act.
- Working with FWS supervisors to recruit potential applicants from diverse backgrounds.