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Deputy Assistant Secretary - Human Capital and Diversity



The Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary - Human Capital and Diversity includes the following offices: Office of Civil Rights, Office of Human Resources, Office of Occupational Safety and Health and the Office of Strategic Employee Development. The office was created in June 2004 and includes those offices that are directly involved in developing and implementing policies to ensure that the Department can attract and retain the highly skilled and diverse workforce it needs to carry out its missions.

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for (1) developing civil rights rules, regulations and policies to assure compliance with Federal anti-discrimination laws; (2) providing training and technical assistance to bureaus and offices in support of civil rights enforcement activities; (3) ensuring nondiscrimination in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (currently over two billion dollars); (4) processing incoming civil rights complaints; and (5) representing the Department in matters involving other Federal agencies and State and local governments with respect to civil rights issues affecting the Department.

OCR is also responsible for adjudicating complaints of employment discrimination and providing policy leadership and direction throughout the Department on the prevention, resolution and elimination of discrimination.

OCR is delegated the responsibility for policy development, procedural guidance, program direction, and implementation and evaluation of all equal opportunity and civil rights programs and activities related to the Department of the Interior's equal access and diversity initiatives.  These programs are mandated by various Federal nondiscrimination laws, Executive Orders and Management Directives. 


The Office of Human Resources has a critical role in developing and maintaining the effective workforce needed to accomplish the Department's mission. 

The overall goal of the Office of Human Resources is to assist in building and deploying an effective, diverse, and highly functioning workforce.  This goal is accomplished through policy development, implementation, evaluation and oversight; strategic Human Capital planning; system modernization; and career management.

The Office of Human Resources also develops, implements and evaluates Departmental policies and programs for a broad range of human resource issues, including employment, compensation, labor and employee relations, performance management, workforce development, and executive resources.


Office of Strategic Employee and Organization Development

The Office of Strategic Employee and Organization Development (SEOD) has primary responsibility for planning, developing, and implementing policies, programs, standards, and systems for effective training and development across the Department of the Interior.

SEOD aligns bureau initiatives across the Department and focuses on leadership and federally-recognized essential occupations.  Our goals are aimed at:

  • Building learning capacity through individual, organizational tools (i.e. Knowledge Management);
  • Integrating learning experiences across the Department;
  • Reviewing competency gaps and ensuring vehicles are in place to address gaps and;
  • Collaborating with other federal learning officers to integrate new technologies, learning approaches and best practices.

SEOD also provides leadership to Bureau training leaders through efficient sharing of knowledge and resources.


Office of Occupational Safety and Health

The goals of the Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) are to provide policy guidance, evaluations and technical consultations on Occupational Safety and Health Programs to all DOI Bureau's and Offices, and to ensure a safer and more healthy environment for DOI employees, volunteers and visitors to our National lands.

OSH also hosts the DOI Safety Management Information System (SMIS), which is a leading edge web based and online data management system, unique in the federal sector, that combines an accident reporting and analysis system with online illness and injury compensation reporting to the Department of Labor's office of Workers compensation Program. OSH also hosts the Department-wide Safety and Health information webpage, SafetyNet.

Additionally, OSH provides a wide range of occupational medicine support services including medical reviews of reasonable accommodation requests, medical surveillance programs development and medical clearance program consultations for arduous/hazardous duty occupations.