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About DEO


To ensure equal and fair treatment, to provide prompt, fair and impartial adjudication of complaints of discrimination, to advance affirmative employment, and to engage and leverage the USGS’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace environment.



We envision A Model EEO Program, that reflects workplace equity, cultivates an inclusive high-performing workforce that empowers all its employees to achieve superior results, and promotes accountability to ourselves and to our customers.


DEO Responsibilities

  • Developing USGS policies, programs, and guidelines to assure proper implementation of EO laws and regulations;
  • Providing guidance and assistance on EO related matters to managers, supervisors and employees;
  • Developing and delivering EO-related training for managers, supervisors and employees;
  • Managing the discrimination complaints programs, including providing equal employment opportunity counseling and mediation, 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;
  • Developing and monitoring implementation of the Affirmative Employment Plans (AEP) for Women, Minorities and People with Disabilities;
  • Developing and managing USGS’ Special Emphasis Programs including Federal Women's Program, Hispanic Employment Program, and African American Employment Program.
  • Developing and managing the Disability Program, including advising, guiding, monitoring, implementing, and evaluating requirements for and the effectiveness of reasonable accommodations, and conducting accessibility reviews of USGS facilities as well as facilities that receive USGS financial assistance;
  • Managing minority and disability outreach efforts and coordinating partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and other higher educational institutions with high concentrations of minorities, women, and people with disabilities;
  • Collecting, analyzing and disseminating workforce data, conducting analysis of workforce trends, issuing reports on workforce-related data, including AEP, diversity and complaints trends, and other types of EO-related information; and
  • Developing and managing the bureau’s Civil Rights program to ensure that all USGS funds are used internally or externally in a discrimination-free manner.