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Organizational Structure

Office of the Director

Counseling and Resolution Branch

Primarily responsible for providing leadership, guidance and action for the APHIS EEO Discrimination complaint process in compliance with federal EEO laws, regulation, and policies.

Develops and implements training to Agency employees to provide awareness on EEO Laws and the complaint process.

Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

Program Overview
The focal point of OCR is to facilitate fair and equitable treatment of all APHIS employees and stakeholders pursuant to existing laws, Executive Orders and regulations with the goal of eliminating unlawful workplace and program discrimination in Federal employment and in activities that receive funding from APHIS, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation), age, religion, reprisal, protected genetic information and disability.

Compliance and Evaluation Branch 
Primarily responsible for ensuring internal and external EEO program compliance with federal EEO laws, regulations, and policies.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Collaborates and coordinates with Human Resources to implement diversity in hiring, retention and promotion to create a diverse, results-oriented, high-performing workforce.

Develops and implements training to Agency employees to provide awareness on diversity and inclusion.

Provide support and guidance to special emphasis programs and managers represented throughout the APHIS workforce, by sponsoring training/educational opportunities and cultural programs to enhance the diversity and inclusion mission.

Office of National Tribal Liaison

The Office of National Tribal Liaison (ONTL) was created by the APHIS Administrator to strengthen the relationships between APHIS and the American Indian Tribes.

APHIS and American Indian Tribes share a very unique relationship; both have an interest in protecting the nation’s agriculture and natural resources.

The ONTL serves as the principal advisor to the Administrator concerning all American Indian issues for APHIS. The ONTL is responsible for improving the outreach to federally recognized tribes, to ensure tribes are aware of APHIS and its many program and services and have the opportunity to participate. The ONTL ensures that tribes also have the opportunity to participate in APHIS decision making on any new policy, program or regulation that could have tribal implications.

The ONTL is responsible for developing and conducting training for APHIS employees so they have a better understanding of American Indian culture and ways to improve the relationships with tribes. The ONTL is committed to exploring opportunities to expose tribal youth to APHIS programs and activities.

Outreach and Communication

The Outreach and Administration staff is responsible for providing communications and outreach activities, to inform Agency personnel, the public, educational institutions, underrepresented minority groups, and stakeholders concerning opportunities for programs and activities, via employment and program delivery.

 Our services include:

  • Ensuring that timely information, including policy statements, training notifications, educational opportunities, diversity observances, and information about programs that benefit the public is developed, and distributed agency-wide.
  • Managing and evaluating civil rights training sessions (i.e., webinars, surveys, onsite training, and Departmental requirements).
  • Developing and designing a quarterly publication of articles and events containing civil rights topics, activities, and events, which is distributed agency-wide, and to Departmental counterparts.
  • Keeping the Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion (OCRDI) web and SharePoint sites up-to-date with the most current information.
  • Developing outreach and communication strategies for stakeholders and underrepresented minority groups to receive information, in order to fully participate in various agency programs.
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