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Affirmative Employment Program

What is affirmative employment?

Affirmative employment was created to achieve the goals of a workforce that represents our diverse population and to recruit, place, and retain women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Affirmative employment plans are designed to develop a competitive, highly qualified workforce, that utilize all workers' talents, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex or disability.

Federal agencies are required to establish effective affirmative programs of equal employment opportunity under Section 717 of title VII (PART A) and effective affirmative action programs under Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act (PART B).

Affirmative employment includes the following special emphasis programs (SEP):


Native American/Alaskan Native Employment Program
Asian/Pacific Islander Employment Program
Black Employment Program
Federal Women’s Program
Hispanic Employment Program
Persons with Disabilities Program/Disabled Veterans Program


Other programs that assist affirmative employment are:


Career Ladder Intern Program
Cooperative Education Program
Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program (FEORP)
Management Development Program
Merit Promotion Program
Spousal Employment Program
Upward Mobility Program
Youth and Student Employment Programs
Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students
with Disabilities


How is affirmative employment monitored?

Federal agencies are required to report annually on the status of activities undertaken pursuant to its equal employment opportunity program under Title VII and activities undertaken pursuant to its affirmative action obligations under the Rehabilitation Act. 

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