Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Diversity & Inclusion at Work

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From: Laura S. Nata
Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2011 12:16 AM
Subject: [LaDisabilityTalk] Executive Order/Diversity Inclusion in Federal Workforce

News Release

August 18, 2011

Contact: Jennifer Dorsey <>

President Obama Signs Executive Order to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce

Initiative designed to draw on the talents of all parts of our society

Washington, DC - Today, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) titled "Establishing a Coordinated Government-Wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce." It will promote the federal workplace as a model of equal employment opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. The EO will direct federal agencies to draw upon the talents of all parts of society and allow the federal government to tap diverse perspectives to overcome the nation's greatest challenges.

"As the Nation's largest employer, the federal government has a special opportunity to lead by example," said OPM Director John Berry. "We must recruit, hire, develop and retain a competitive, diverse workforce, because we'll deliver the best results to the American people when we fully use the talents of all parts of our society."

The EO requires the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) John Berry and Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Jeff Zients, in coordination with the President's Management Council (PMC) and the Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Jacqueline Berrien, to establish a government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce; develop a government-wide strategic plan and guidance for agency specific plans in this area to be issued within 90 days; identify appropriate practices to improve the effectiveness of agency efforts; and establish a system for reporting regularly on agency progress implementing their plans. The plans shall identify strategies to remove barriers to equal
opportunity in the federal government's recruitment, hiring, promotion, retention, professional development, and training.

Within 120 days after the government-wide plan is released, each agency is required to issue its own agency-specific Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. OPM's Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will help departments and agencies develop a strategic focus on diversity and inclusion as well as provide support for these agency-wide efforts.

For more information, please see the following link:

The mission of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve work force performance.

The notice above is from the United States Office of Personnel Management and was forwarded to LadisAbility Talk by a FHF Jefferson and LaPTIC staffperson.

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Laura S. Nata
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