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EEO Policy Statement

Updated for 2012

The mission of the Department of Health and Human Services is to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. Fundamental to our mission is our obligation to honor the diversity of our workforce and ensure all employees are treated with respect and dignity.

I fully understand and support the value of diversity in improving organizational efficiency and effectiveness. My goal is to create a climate of innovation, opportunity, and success within the Department that capitalizes on the cultural, professional, ethnic, and personal diversity of our workforce.

Additionally, I am equally committed to the full and meaningful implementation of Equal Employment Opportunity policies for all HHS employees and applicants. My goal is to create an environment within HHS, free of discrimination, where all employees may work without fear of reprisal or discriminatory harassment; where qualified employees and applicants with disabilities receive reasonable accommodations; and where all employees are recognized for their individual performance and contributions to HHS, without regard to race, national origin, color, age, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, disability (physical or mental), status as a parent, genetic information, or other non-merit factor.

I fully expect all employees and supervisors to adopt these goals. With your support and participation, we can ensure workforce diversity and equal opportunity are two of our greatest strengths.