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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 25, 2022
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FACT SHEET: Building a Better Workforce for the American People

As the Nation’s largest employer, the Federal Government should be a model for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA), where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. We are at our best when drawing upon all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are brought to bear to overcome our greatest challenges.  

On June 25, 2021, White House Executive Order 14035 created the DEIA Initiative and directed Federal agencies to follow a timeline to execute the Federal government’s DEIA mission and vision.  

The DEIA Initiative Team — the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (ODEIA) at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) — are leading the Federal Government’s efforts to integrate and prioritize DEIA in the workplace. This interagency team is providing agencies with information, resources, and a framework to develop and implement strategic plans that identify actions to advance DEIA. 

Implementing a robust set of DEIA Executive Order priorities. 

  • Promoting Partnerships & Recruitment 
  • Utilizing Data Collection & Analysis 
  • Advancing Professional Development 
  • Expanding Employment Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals 
  • Promoting Paid Internships 
  • Creating Chief Diversity Officers 
  • Promoting Pay Equity 
  • Providing DEIA Training & Learning 
  • Advancing Equity for LGBTQI+ Employees 
  • Advancing Equity for Employees with Disabilities  
  • Ensuring Safe Workplaces 

DEIA Initiative Team provided critical guidance and support to Federal agencies. 

  • A self-assessment tool and promising practices guidance document. 
  • A government-wide strategic plan to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the Federal workforce, which provides a roadmap outlining priorities for agencies to consider in their strategic plan development.  
  • An online professional learning community with templates and resources, and ongoing support with DEIA office hours to develop DEIA strategic plans and remove any potential barriers.  

Federal agencies created baseline assessments and agency-wide strategic plans. 

  • Federal agencies conducted assessments to understand their current state of DEIA implementation as informed by a DEIA Maturity Model.  
  • Federal agencies created cross-functional teams to develop DEIA strategic plans and implement activities. The cross-functional teams varied based on agency structure and included a whole of agency approach.  
  • Federal agencies developed mission and vision statements to serve as guiding principles for DEIA efforts. 
  • Ultimately, Federal agencies created strategic plans that identify the agency context, as well as milestones, goals, actions, and potential barriers to advance DEIA. Agencies collaborated regularly with the DEIA Initiative Team to discuss implementation across the following timeline: 
  • 100 Days: Agencies Submitted DEIA Self-Assessments 
  • 150 Days: Initiative Team Issued the DEIA Governmentwide Strategic Plan 
  • 270 Days: Initiative Team Collected Agency DEIA Strategic Plans  

DEIA Initiative Team and Federal agencies will focus on underserved communities through DEIA best practices, including but not limited to: 

  • Convening an executive level diversity officer council to provide agency chief diversity officers and senior leaders a formal forum to exchange ideas, best practices, and challenges in implementing and assessing progress of the DEIA mission and vision.  
  • Adopting practices to serve all dimensions of diversity in the Federal workforce, including engagement with employee resource groups and Federal unions, increased utilization of promotion and retention strategies, promotion of internship and mentorship programs, and expansion of partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).   
  • Utilizing current hiring authorities to encourage employment of veterans, military spouses, individuals with disabilities, and early career talent, among others. These hiring authorities are designed to give agencies flexibility to quickly hire top talent for critical positions and remove barriers to employment. 
  • Increasing the number of internships, especially paid internships across the Federal government. 

Federal agencies will measure progress through data collection & analysis. 

  • Federal agencies will annually report progress to OPM. 
  • OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) now includes new DEIA survey questions. Per the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) Strengthening and Empowering the Federal Workforce Priority metrics, agencies will use their OPM FEVS results to measure DEIA progress.   

Serving as a model for the nation, the DEIA Initiative Team is committed to leading the government-wide DEIA strategy to help agencies implement and evaluate their plans to create more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible workplaces. Together, the interagency team will continue to offer office hours, professional learning opportunities, and ongoing technical assistance. If you are a Federal employee with questions about the DEIA Initiative or EO 14035, please contact your agency chief diversity officer or send an email to askdeia@opm.gov.  

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OPM leads and serves the federal government in enterprise human resources management by delivering policies and services to achieve a trusted, effective civilian workforce. By Empowering Excellence in Government through Great People, we provide leadership and support to U.S. agencies on issues including human resources policy and oversight, federal employee benefits, retirement services, guidance on labor-management relations, and programs to improve workforce performance. For more information, visit OPM.gov or follow OPM on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.


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