United States Department of the Interior

Office of the Secretary

Washington, D.C. 20240

February 5, 2002


To: Bureau Equal Opportunity Officers

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

Subject: Filing of Formal Complaints with the Department

Effective immediately, please instruct your Equal Employment Opportunity Counselors to encourage aggrieved persons to file their formal EEO complaint with the EEO Office of the bureau/office in which the claim(s) occurred. Counselors should explain that formal complaints sent to the Department are referred to the respective bureau/office for processing; therefore, selecting this filing option can cause potential delays.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us maintain timely complaint processing.

Distribution: All Bureau/Office Equal Opportunity Officers

Inquiries: Mercedes Flores, Chief of Staff, Office for Equal Opportunity, (202) 208-6120

Expiration: When superseded