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EEO Compliance and Operations

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) employees are protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, and other federal laws, regulations, directives, and policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment on the basis of:

  • race
  • color
  • religion
  • sex (including sexual harassment, pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation, and pay)
  • national origin
  • age (40 years of age or over)
  • disability (physical or mental)
  • genetic information or family medical history
  • reprisal (retaliation)

These protections extend to management practices and decisions, including, but not limited to, recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, and training.  If you believe you have been discriminated against in one or more ways listed above, you must contact the appropriate Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office listed below within 45 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory action.

The Office of the Secretary (OS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration (ASA), HHS, Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance and Operations (EEOCO) Division administers and ensures compliance with the laws, regulations, policies, and guidance that prohibit discrimination in the federal workplace.   

HHS, EEOCO also includes servicing:  

  • Program Support Center (PSC)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Administration for Community Living (ACL)
    Hubert H. Humphrey
    200 Independence Ave., S.W., Room 347-F
    Washington, DC 20201
    (202) 619-1564
    (202) 205-9684 (TTY)

The following HHS Operational Divisions (OPDIVs) administer their individual EEO Office: 

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO)
    1600 Clifton Road, N.E.
    Mailstop K83
    Atlanta, GA 30330
    (770) 488-3210
    (770) 488-3250 (TTY)

(The Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is serviced by CDC/OEEO.)

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
    Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (OEOCR)
    Mail Stop N2-22-16
    7500 Security Blvd.
    Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
    (410) 786-5110
    (410) 786-2456 (TTY)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO)
    10903 New Hampshire Ave.
    White Oak Building 3, Room 2272
    Rockville, MD 20993-0002
    (301) 796-9400
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
    Office of Equal Employment and Civil Rights (OEECR)
    5600 Fisher Lane
    Parklawn Building, Room 6-105
    Rockville, MD 20857
    (301) 443-5363
    (301) 443-1866 (TTY)
  • Indian Health Services (IHS)
    Diversity Management and Equal Employment Opportunity (DMEEO)
    12300 Twinbrook Parkway, Rm. 660
    Rockville, MD 20852
    Mailing address:  801 Thompson Ave., Ste. 120
    (TMP-660) Rockville, MD 20852
    (301) 443-1108
    (301) 443-6394 (TTY)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management (OEODM)
    2 Center Drive, Building 2, 3rd Floor
    Bethesda, MD 20892
    (301) 496-6301
    (301) 480-3122 (TTY)

(The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) is serviced by NIH/OEODM.)

HHS EEO Offices encourage resolution and processing of EEO informal and formal complaints in accordance with applicable federal EEO laws and regulations. 

The HHS OS/ASA EEOCO and the OPDIVs also process EEO complaints from Commissioned Corps members in accordance with T.S. PHS-CC 660 12/21/2001.

All others should contact the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for guidance on how to pursue an EEO claim.  The EEOC may be reached by calling 1 (800) 669-4000 or (202) 663-4900 or by going to www.eeoc.gov.