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Oregon Civil Rights Committee

Information on Oregon's Civil Rights Committee

The purpose of the Civil Rights Committee is to serve as an advisor to the Deputy Equal Opportunity Officer (DEOO) on employment and program delivery issues. The State Conservationist is the DEOO. The CRC supports a diverse, proficient, and skilled workforce; equality of program delivery; and the civil rights of employees.

Responsibilities of the committee are to:

  1. Serve as advisory body to the DEOO (State Conservationist), to promote and assist in meaningful and effective affirmative action goals consistent with management objectives,
  2. Provide feedback on the performance in equal opportunity and civil rights compliance, identifying areas of weakness and making recommendations for improvement,
  3. Identify emerging areas needing special attention by the DEOO and Special Emphasis Program Managers, and
  4. Make recommendations to the DEOO regarding policies, practices, and procedures as they affect equal opportunity in Oregon.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.