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Frequently Asked Questions Diversity and Inclusion

Will OPM ask agencies to form diversity and inclusion offices which are separate from EEO offices?

This EO does not affect an agency's authority to establish an independent Diversity and Inclusion function, nor does it require an agency to establish such a function. It will be up to each agency to create a structure that works for it.

Our research has shown that having three separate functions - Human Resources (HR), EEO and Diversity & Inclusion - has worked very well in the private sector and in some federal agencies. Where HR, EEO and Diversity & Inclusion work together, organizations experience the best outcomes, and this is the model we recommend. When the three functions collaborate and coordinate as teams rather than competitors, they are able to yield greater returns to their organizations.

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