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NJ's Federal Women's Program Manager: Jill Ott

The Federal Women’s Program (FWP) is a special emphasis program that was established in 1963 to enhance employment and advancement of women. Executive Order 11478, signed in 1969, brought the FWP into the overall Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program and placed it under the stewardship of the Director of EEO.

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); and provide a means for women to communicate their concerns to management.

To ensure that agencies meet the requirements of the EEO laws, Executive Orders, and EEOC guidelines, the Federal Women’s Program Manager (FWPM) position was established to advise management of their FWP responsibilities, the status and progress of the program, and the concerns of women in their organization.

2012 Womens' History Month Poster

Women's History Month is March.

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2012 Women's History Month Poster for NRCS (1473 kb)

East Regional Federal Women's Program

There are 11 Federal Women Program Managers in the East Region. The twelve states in this region include: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Vermont. Each state is assigned an Federal Women's Program Manager, with the exception of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island sharing one Manager, and New Hampshire sharing two Managers. In support of Federal Women's Program activities, a Regional Federal Women's Program Manager is also assigned.

For additional information about the Federal Women's Program you may contact the East Regional Civil Rights office at:

East Regional Federal Women's Program
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, Maryland 20705-5410
Phone: 301-504-2308; Fax: 301-504-2291

Detailed information may be viewed at the National Federal Women's Program Homepage.

National Awareness Observances

  • Monday nearest January 15th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance
  • February Black History Month
  • March Women's History Month
  • Fourth Thursday in April "Take Our Daughters to Work" Day
  • May National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • August 26 Women's Equality Day
  • September 15 - October 15 National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • November National American Indian Heritage Month

This page last updated April 2, 2014.