Special Emphasis Programs are an integral part of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program. Special Emphasis Program Manager positions were established to ensure that EEO is present in all aspect of employment and actions are being taken to address under representation. SEPMs provide assistance to management officials in order to help them meet EEO program goals and objectives.
The objectives of the Special Emphasis Programs are to:
Ensure specific actions are taken to for equal employment opportunities for underrepresented groups in connection with recruitment, training, retention, and promotion.
Eliminate concentrations of underrepresented groups in single interval series to diversity and create advancement opportunities throughout all occupational levels and all disciplines;
Encourage the participation of any underrepresented group in all USDA sponsored programs and activities; and,
Provide a network of professional support for underrepresented groups within USDA.