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Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (DEO) is dedicated to ensuring equal employment opportunity (EEO). We are devoted to building an inclusive and diverse workforce by creating an environment where all U.S Geological Survey (USGS) employees are respected, valued, and able to develop and perform to their maximum potential. 

The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (DEO) manages the Equal Opportunity (EO) Program for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and amended in 1991, primarily Titles VI and VII; the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, specifically Sections 501, 504 and 508; numerous Executive Orders; Department the Interior (DOI), Department of Justice, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) directives; minority higher education requirements; and other related statutes, regulations, orders, and court decisions.

Our Purpose

  • Ensure a discrimination-free workplace;
  • Ensure that all employees and applicants are provided a full and fair opportunity to contribute to the fullest extent of their abilities in pursuing a career at USGS; and 
  • Establish, develop, implement, oversee, and evaluate USGS policies, principles, and practices aimed at promoting equal opportunity in all bureau activities and programs.