The Federal Women's Program (FWP) is a special emphasis management program within the Civil Rights Program of the U.S. Government. The FWP was established in 1963 to enhance employment and advancement of women. The Program seeks to ensure that Federal agencies institute, plan, and take affirmative steps to provide equal opportunity to women applicants and employees in all areas of employment (recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, and awards). The FWP also provides a means for women to communicate their concerns to management. Although the FWP focuses on women and women's issues, it also addresses family issues, gender issues, and many other topics that pertain to all employees.
In Missouri, the Federal Women's Program Manager is a part of the Special Emphasis Program Management Team. The mission of the Special Emphasis Program Manager is to provide guidance to the Agency concerning equal employment opportunity for all personnel, in personnel management policies and practices, as well as in NRCS sponsored programs and activities. The SEPM's are available to provide help and guidance to employees concerning employment issues, EEO & CR, and also outreach and assistance to Agency customers.