Nominations should be neatly typed in one page or less describing the basis for the nomination.
The contributions must have occurred (or results realized) within fiscal year (FY) 2011.
One nomination for each category will be accepted per State, National Headquarters, Institute, National Technology Support Center, Caribbean Area, and Pacific Islands Area.
The Chairperson of the local Civil Rights Committee and the appropriate line officer (State Conservationist, Regional Assistant Chief, Director, or Deputy Chief) must sign all nominations.
All nominations will be screened for pending conduct and/or disciplinary or equal employment opportunity investigations (this includes individuals, teams, group leaders and members) prior to forwarding to the National Civil Rights Committee (NCRC) for consideration.
THE ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS SHOULD BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO FOR THE NOMINATION TO BE CONSIDERED.
2013 NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS AWARDS
NCRC is soliciting nominations for Civil Rights Awards in two categories,one for an individual and one for a team.
The Individual and Team/Group Civil Rights Awards recognizes those individuals and teams who have made a significant contribution to the Natural Resources Conservation Service in the area of Civil Rights program delivery.
Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Degree of involvement beyond required duties and responsibilities;
Successful initiatives (Nominations should include examples of the results); and
Impact on the community, agency, or state.
2013 CHIEF’S AWARDS FOR WORKFORCE DIVERSITY
The Workforce Diversity award recognizes individuals who have made the most significant contributions to work force diversity in NRCS. Nominations should reflect exceptional accomplishments that achieved quantifiable results towards NRCS’s goal of building a diverse workforce to ensure that programs are delivered in an efficient, effective, and fair manner.
Nominations will be evaluated based on the following Elements:
Element A – Recruitment and Retention
Creative recruitment which has proven to be successful in attracting underrepresented individuals, i.e., minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities.
Highly successful methods to improve career advancement opportunities for women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.
Innovative actions which have proven to be successful in removing barriers to employment and enhancing employee retention.
Initiatives which have fostered a working environment that respects and values diversity.
Outreach activities with community-based organizations, which have been especially successful in attracting women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities to the workforce.
Element B – Accommodations and Accessibility
Plans or initiatives which represent substantial progress in achieving special accommodations in the workplace.
Innovative and/or substantial use of technology to enhance the capability and productivity of persons with disabilities.