United States Department of the Interior

Office of the Secretary
Washington, D.C.  20240


August 29, 2003


TO:                Bureau and Office Equal Opportunity Officers

FROM:          E. Melodee Stith, Director, Office for Equal Opportunity

SUBJECT:     Management Directive 715

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued new guidance to help Federal Agencies strengthen their equal employment opportunity (EEO) programs for all federal employees as required by Section 717 of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

MD 715 supersedes Management Directives 712, 713, and 714.  This new directive becomes effective at the start of the new fiscal year 2004 on October 1, 2003.  The entire text of MD 715 can be found on the EEOC web site at http://www.eeoc.gov.

EEOC issued MD 715 as part of their EEO reform initiative, to better address the organizational shifts and evolving trends in the federal workplace.  MD 715 has been called a “practical road map for federal agencies to ensure access and inclusion for all human talent at all levels of employment.”  In addition, EEOC added a component to MD 715 which established “Essential Elements” necessary for structuring model EEO programs at federal agencies.

Please ensure that this information is distributed to EEO staff, regional and field EEO offices.

Distribution:  Bureau and Office Equal Employment Opportunity Officers

Inquiries:        Melinda Hayden, EO Specialist, 202-208-5998 (TDD) or Melinda_Hayden@ios.doi.gov

Expires:          When Superseded

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