U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Meeting of July 18, 2012 – Public Input into the Development of EEOC's Strategic Enforcement Plan
Note: You will participate as a panelist on a discussion entitled, “Federal Sector Roundtable”. Co-Panelists: Jason Zuckerman, U.S. Office of Special Counsel; Banjo Akinyemi, Federal Disability Workforce Consortium; Sharon Eller, U.S. Department of the Interior; Ernest Hadley, Federal Employment Law Training Group; Leonard Hirsh, Federal GLOBE; National Coalition for Equity in Public Service; Patricia Randle, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO.
I. Thank You & Acknowledgements
Firstly I want to thank Jackie Berrien for her determined leadership as Chairwoman of the EEOC, and for the invitation to participate in this important meeting regarding the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan. I also want to thank Carlton Hadden and Dexter Brooks for their guidance, and for the technical assistance they have provided to me over the last three years. As the only Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the federal government who oversees delegated authority over a Department’s Title VI and Title VII responsibilities, I knew it would be important to seek the EEOC’s input. I also want to thank Secretary Tom Vilsack for his principled leadership, guidance and trust during the past three years.
II. Recommendations to EEOC
II. What I am Most Proud of
In 2009 when I was confirmed by the Senate, 65% of USDA employees elected to go to EEOC for a hearing. Today 65% of USDA employees elect to work through our office for a FAD. I can’t help but think that this sea change is due to their enhanced trust of our Civil Rights apparatus.
With that, I would like to thank Carl Martin Ruiz, Violet Hall, and Kirk Perry for their dedicated service to the employees of USDA to make that change reality.