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Special Emphasis Programs

403.0 General

The term "Special Emphasis Programs" (SEP) refers to those programs which focus special attention on certain specific groups as a result of a particular law, regulation, or Executive Order.  Special Emphasis Programs have been initiated to address the employment-related concerns of groups not specifically included in other programs where a need for special emphasis or employment concerns of such groups has been demonstrated.  Special Emphasis Programs include the following:

A.  Legislated or Mandated Special Emphasis Programs

1.  The Federal Women's Program (FWP)-This program was established to implement a recommendation of the President's Committee on the Status of Women and was later integrated into the Federal EEP Program after the issuance of E.O. 11478 (Aug 1969).  The activities of the FWP focus on employment needs and problems of women as they relate to Federal personnel policies and practices.

2.  The Hispanic Emphasis Program (HEP)-This program was established initially by a Presidential Directive in 1970 as a Sixteen-Point Program for Spanish-speaking Americans.  It was designated to assure consideration of the person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

3.  Disability Emphasis Program (DEP), formerly the Selective Placement Program (SPP) for the Handicapped.  Disability Emphasis Program contains organized action plans and procedures which promote the hiring, placement, and advancement of employees with disabilities.  The SPP has its modern origins in P.L. 89-554, codified as 5 USC 7153, and Presidential policy statements and regulations issued pursuant thereto.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued instruction (501) on affirmative action plans for persons with disabilities.

4.  The Veterans Emphasis Program-This program is directed as assuring that all veterans, particularly Vietnam Era and disabled veterans, have the full measure of employment in the Federal service.  The legal basis for the program includes the Veterans Preference Act of 1944 (5 USC 2108); non-competitive appointing authority for 30 percent or more disabled veterans (5 USC 3114, the Veterans Readjustment Appointment EO 11521); and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (38 USC 2104).

B.  Non-legislated or non-mandated Programs

The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has initiated special emphasis programs to address the employment-related concerns of Asian American/Pacific Islanders, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, and Blacks.

Name Position Phone Office
Cleaon Bradford Committee Chair 918-285-3673 Pryor FSC
Merica Xiong Asian American/Pacific Islanders Emphais Program Manager 918-253-4516 Jay FSC
Andrea Lane Federal Women's Program Manager 405-742-1218 Stillwater SO
David Jordan Veteran's Program Manager 918-253-4516 Jay FSC
Lynnette Dominguez Hispanic Program Manager 405-238-6767 Pauls Valley WO
Josh McNeff Disability Program Manager 405-521-1332 OKC FSC
Cody Parker Native American Program Manger 918-696-7612 Stilwell FSC
Joe Buford Black Program Manager 405-742-1282 Stillwater SO
Josh McNeff Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Program Manager 405-521-1332 OKC FSC
Terrell Howard Zone 1 Representative 580-885-7244 Arnett FSC
Liana Jones Zone 2 Representative 405-372-7071 Stillwater FSC
Matt Irby Zone 3 Representative 405-527-3160 Purcell FSC
Derek Kelso Zone 4 Representative 580-326-7516 Hugo FSC
Gilbert Guerrero Advisor 405-742-1207 Stillwater SO


Special Emphasis Programs