The condition of having or being composed of differing elements: variety; especially the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.

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The Model EEO Program

This section explains the basic elements necessary to create and maintain a model EEO program, as required under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq., and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended, 29 U.S.C. 791 et seq. A model EEO program effectively considers and addresses concerns arising under both Title VII and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act.

When establishing a model EEO program, an agency should incorporate into the design a structure for effective management, accountability and self-analysis which will ensure program success and compliance with EEO MD-715. Agency personnel programs and policies should be evaluated regularly to ascertain whether such programs have any barriers that tend to limit or restrict equitable opportunities for open competition in the workplace.

EEO MD-715 divides the essential elements of model agency EEO programs into six broad categories, as listed below. An agency should review its EEO and personnel programs, policies and performance standards against all six elements to identify where their EEO program can become more effective.

The six essential elements for a model EEO program, as described in EEO-MD-715, at PART A, II. A-F, and PART B, III. A-F, are as follows:

 Demonstrated commitment from agency leadership;

 Integration of EEO into the agency's strategic mission;

 Management and program accountability;

 Proactive prevention of unlawful discrimination;

 Efficiency; and

 Responsiveness and legal compliance.

These six elements serve as the foundation upon which each agency shall build its program. The following describes each essential element and provides samples of the self-assessment inquiries that an agency should employ to determine whether its EEO program is properly established and compliant with the EEO MD-715 standards. Following the discussion of the Model EEO Program elements are instructions and a self-assessment checklist that all agencies will use to assess compliance with the elements of the model program.

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