Council on governmentwide diversity to impact agency hiring

By Jory Heckman
Federal News Radio

Following up on the Office of Personnel Management’s new recruitment and retention strategy, the Chief Human Capital Officers Council announced Friday a governmentwide forum on diversity hiring.

Based on an executive memo signed by President Barack Obama in 2011, the Diversity and Inclusion in Government Council aims to develop and then implement a governmentwide diversity hiring strategy.

“The Executive Order further requires that executive departments and agencies continue efforts to identify, adopt, and integrate best practices that promote governmentwide diversity and remove barriers to equal employment opportunity (EEO) consistent with merit system principles and applicable law,” the memo said.

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Agencies must name a member to the council by March 20, according to a memo issued by the CHCOC.

“Each Council Member may delegate Council work to his or her appropriate agency subject matter experts, but he or she retains responsibility for agency participation and will be the primary point of contact for OPM, OMB and EEOC on Council matters,” the memo said.

The council will convene its first meeting in April. Council members can reach out to ouside experts such as federal employee unions and labor organizations for input and ideas. The council will advise OPM, the Office of Mangement and Budget and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

OPM director Katherine Archuleta will serve as the council chair.

The council will take guidance from a CHCOC memo from December 2014 and a pending Government-wide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.

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