The Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO)
Alexie L. Rogers, Director of Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity
This OEO is responsible for promoting equal employment opportunities for all OSMRE employees. The OEO provides numerous Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) services which include but are not limited to:
- Delivering an annual EEO State of the Agency Briefing to the workforce and ensures that the EEOC-MD-715 Report is developed which outlines affirmative employment goals and strategies to remove barriers and introduces plans and initiatives aimed at increasing the participation rates of women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.
- Maintaining a Public Civil Rights Compliance program for federally assisted and conducted programs.
- Providing for the prompt, fair and impartial processing of complaints of discrimination.
- Ensuring that an Alternative Dispute Resolution program is available for both the pre-complaint process and the formal complaint process.
- Providing technical assistance and advice to employees and managers on all EEO issues.
- Communicates the bureau's EEO policy and program.
- Working in partnership with the HR Directorate to ensure the widest dissemination of information regarding employment opportunities to all sources of job candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.
- Working in partnership with the HR Directorate to administer the Bureau’s Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program and to ensure that the policy and all procedures are strictly adhered to. For information on the DOI Reasonable Accommodation Policy, click here.
In addition, the office is responsible for ensuring that Special Emphasis Programs (SEP) are active and addresses the specific needs of employees that identify with either of the various programs. Under the SEP, the OEO implements initiatives in response to Executive Orders of the President, which provides for agencies to work more closely with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities and Asian Pacific Islander institutions of higher learning in an effort to enhance opportunities and to allow for increased minority participation. As an example of outreach to minority higher education institutions, OSMRE has formed the Minority Higher Education Program. This program seeks to lay the foundation for establishing long term relationships with minority higher education institutions that were identified as having degree programs in OSMRE's mission related interest.
The SEP is designed to ensure outreach is conducted, barrier analyses are performed, and to teach, train and communicate for the purposes of recognizing and valuing the contributions of all persons and/or groups that have contributed to the making of America.
All of the aforementioned programs and services collectively place the OSMRE in a position of strength and serve the greater purpose of placing it on a path to attaining a Model EEO Program as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.