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Business Plan 09

Massachusetts/Rhode Island Civil Rights Committee

BUSINESS PLAN

FY08-09 Updated March 2009

I.    Goals

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  1. Enhance Knowledge of Civil Rights Committee Members of Civil Rights Policies and Laws

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  1. Provide Information to Enhance the Knowledge of the Employees in Massachusetts and Rhode Island of Civil Rights Laws and Policy.

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  1. Increase Participation for Targeted Groups in NRCS Procurements

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  1. Special Emphasis Programs - Promote and Identify the Special Interests of Protected Groups or Individuals

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  1. Recruitment - Maintain Ongoing Recruitment Effort to Meet Diversity Goals

 

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II.   Civil Rights Committee Members

 

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Goal 1

Enhance Knowledge of Civil Rights Committee Members on Civil Rights Policies and Laws.
 

Action

Person Responsible

Due Date

Date Completed

  1. Develop and implement a Civil Rights Training Plan for the Civil Rights Committee Members.
AO, STCs May Annually Pending revision

Goal 2

Provide Information to Enhance the Knowledge of the Employees in Massachusetts and Rhode Island of Civil Rights Laws and Policy.

Action

Person Responsible

Due Date

Date Completed

  1. Identify employee training needs and develop a training plan accordingly.
State Training Officers, STCs, AO May Annually Ag Learn – “Reinventing Diversity” Completed January 2009
  1. Update Civil Rights webpage.
Michelle Moore At least every six months. On-going – latest update 3/09
  1. SEPMs will attend at least one National Professional Meeting every three years
SEPMs At least one every 3 years WT – 12/07, MM – 12/07, KR – 2/08, PB – 7/08, JN planned in ’10, DL check
  1. Emphasize NEDS, AgLearn, and USDA Graduate School as sources of Civil Rights training.
AO and HR On Going OK

Goal 3

Increase Participation for Targeted Groups in NRCS Procurements

Action

Person Responsible

Due Date

Date Completed

  1. Outreach to minority business groups to give them information on the www.fedbizopps.gov site listing business opportunities with the federal government.
SEPMs As opportunities arise Multistate efforts on-going Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, SBA Certified 8a Program Participant, SBA Certified 8a Small Disadvantaged Business (Minority Owned) hired to deliver training in RI 3/23-3/27/09
  1. Continue to work with 8A companies when possible.
Contracting Officers As opportunities arise See above AO to review quarterly report
  1. Monitor profiles of contracted businesses.
Contracting Officers Annually Discussed at 3/19/09 CRC meeting need to rephrase this action item as it is unclear to several committee members.

Goal 4

Special Emphasis Programs - Promote and Identify the Special Interests of Protected Groups or Individuals.

Action

Person Responsible

Due Date

Date Completed

  1. Develop and distribute emails to all employees on special emphasis events.
SEPMs Monthly, as appropriate On going
  1. Identify publications needed for different languages.
SEPMs On going No special needs identified as of 3/09
  1. Document outreach efforts.
STC's Annually Quartely outreach reports are also prepared by the PAO
  1. Monitor parity.
STC's Annually See 3.5 report in PRS
  1. Work with the District Conservationists on processes used to outreach to under served communities.
ASC for Operations, SEPMs As Opportunities arise PB to lead discussion with all SEPMs on way to address action items 5 and 6 below.
  1. Participate in conferences with under served communities.
SEPMs    

Goal 5

Recruitment – Maintain Ongoing Recruitment and Retention Efforts to Meet Diversity Goals.

Action

Person Responsible

Due Date

Date Completed

  1. Implement the current recruitment plan and insure the plan addresses the needs of both states.
STCs, HR Staff, AO On going One Hispanic male was recruited in MA 9/08
One AA/PI male was recruited in RI 2/09
Other minorities may be recruited as interns in RI for summer ‘09
  1. Train hiring managers on hiring flexibilities.
HR On going See above AO to review quarterly report
  1. Retain NRCS employees, make NRCS the employer of choice. Utilize exit interviews determine why employees leave NRCS
HR   Four NRCS employees, including one white male, one Native American male, one Asian American female, and one female have left MA but 3 out of 4 are doing so to pursue promotion opportunities within the agency

Civil Rights Committee Members

Christine Clarke (STC – MA)
Deputy Equal Opportunity Officer
451 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-4350
9047-4352 (voicecom)
christine.clarke@ma.usda.gov
Phoukham (Pooh) Vongkhamdy (STC- RI)
Deputy Equal Opportunity Officer
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 828-1300 Ext. 1
pooh.vongkhamdy@ri.usda.gov
Michelle A. Moore
Chair person
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 822-8844 michelle.moore@ri.usda.gov
Donald Liptack
American Indian/Native American Program Manager
P.O. Box 709
Barnstable, MA 02630
(508) 771-6476
donald.liptack@ma.usda.gov
Jade Nield
Asian American/Pacific Islander Emphasis Program Manager
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 822-8812
jade.nield@ri.usda.gov
Brenda Venable
Black Emphasis Program Manager
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 822-8845 brenda.venable@ri.usda.gov

John.Kick
Disability Program Manager
451 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-4378
john.kick@ma.usda.gov
Karen Regish
Federal Women’s Program Manager
451 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-4350
9047-4350 (voicecom)
karen.regish@ma.usda.gov
Aaron Dushku
Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager
319 Littleton Road, Suite 205
Westford, MA 01886-4133
(978) 692-1904 Ext. 3
aaron.dushku@ma.usda.gov
 
Mark Zinan
Administrative Officer
451 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-4564
9047-4564 (voicecom)
mark.zinan@ma.usda.gov
Stewart Taffe
Member
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 822-8849
stewart.taffe@ri.usda.gov
David Bacon
Member
195 Russell Street, Suite B6
Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 585-1000  Ext. 112
david.bacon@ma.usda.gov
Gary Blazejewski
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Emphasis Program Manager
52 Boyden Road, Room 100
Holden, MA 01520-2587
508-829-4477, Ext. 114
gary.blazejewski@ma.ri.usda
   

Last Modified: 12/22/2010