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Special Emphasis Programs (SEP)


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Special Emphasis Program's (SEPs) are designed to assist the organization in establishing and maintaining effective affirmative programs of equal employment opportunity under Section 717 of Title VII and effective affirmative action programs under Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. EEO and Diversity Program Managers and SEP Committees are charged with identifying policies, procedures and practices affecting employees and advising management on actions which may increase participation and ensure that all persons are provided opportunities to participate in the full range of employment opportunities and achieve their fullest potential.

Federal Women's Program (FWP)

This program was established to implement a recommendation of the President's Committee on the Status of Women and was later integrated into the Federal EEO Program after the issuance of E.O. 11478 (August 1969). The activities of the FWP focus on employment needs and issues of women as they relate to Federal personnel policies, practices, and equal program delivery.

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Hispanic Emphasis Program

This program was established initially by a Presidential Directive in 1970 as a Sixteen-Point Program for Spanish-Speaking Americans. It was designed to assure consideration of the needs and concerns of persons of Hispanic origin in all aspects of Federal personnel management and program delivery. Hispanics are persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

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Disability Emphasis Program

Organized action plans and procedures, which promote equal program delivery and the hiring, placement and advancement of employees with disabilities. The Selective Placement Program has its modern origins in P.L. 89-554, codified as 5 USC 7153 and Presidential policy statements and regulations issued pursuant thereto. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued instructions (501) on affirmative action plans for the handicapped.

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African-American or Black Emphasis Program (BEP)

The purpose of this program is to provide focus on issues such as equal program delivery and employment, promotion, training and career enhancement affecting Black employees and applicants in our agency.

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American Indian Emphasis Program (AIP)

The purpose of this program is to provide focus on issues such as equal program delivery and the employment, promotion, training and career enhancement affecting American Indian employees and applicants in our agency.

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Asian American Pacific Islander Emphasis Program (APIP)

The purpose of this program is to provide focus on issues such as equal program delivery and employment, promotion, training and career enhancement affecting Asian American employees and applicants in agency.

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