The term "Special Emphasis Programs" (SEP) refers to those programs which focus special attention on certain specific underrepresented groups as a result of a particular law, regulation, and/or Executive Order. Special Emphasis Programs have been initiated to address the employment-related or program concerns of groups not specifically included in other programs.
Special emphasis activities and support are an integral part of the civil rights program at the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Within their respective programs, Special Emphasis Program Managers (SEPM) assist the State Conservationist, to ensure that equal opportunity is present in all aspects of NRCS programs and services. This includes assisting the State Conservationist to provide leadership to identify under representation and ensure positive actions are being taken to address any such problem areas.
Special Emphasis Program Managers assist the State Conservationist to provide advice and assistance to management officials in order to help them meet civil rights program goals and objectives. They also assist the State Conservationist to ensure effective communications among all persons and areas dealing with, or affected by, agency civil rights responsibilities.
Special Emphasis Observances Implemented by Public Law
African-American/Black History Month (February)
Asian Pacific Heritage Month (May)
National Disability Employment Awareness (October)
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)
National Native American/Indian Month (November)
National Women’s History Month (March)