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Frequently Asked Questions Diversity and Inclusion

Why do we need a coordinated government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the Federal workforce?

A commitment to equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion is critical for the Federal Government as an employer and to the promotion of a merit based civil service. One of the key merit systems principles, set out in the civil service law, requires that the Federal Government's recruitment policies "endeavor to achieve a work force from all segments of society." A coordinated government wide initiative, as specified in Executive Order 13583, August 18, 2011, will provide all federal agencies with strategies and best practices that will enable them to accomplish this end.

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