NB_230_21_3 - NB 230-21-3 EOP – Solicitation of Applications for Co-Chairs on the NHQ Civil Rights Advisory Committee
NB 230-21-3 EOP – Solicitation of Applications for Co-Chairs on the NHQ Civil Rights Advisory Committee
National Bulletin: 230-21-3 Date: June 3, 2021
Subject: EOP – Solicitation of Applications for Co-Chairs on the National Headquarters Civil Rights Advisory Committee (NHQ CRAC)

Action Required By:  June 24, 2021


Purpose.  To solicit applications for 2-year term as Co-Chair on the newly established National Headquarters (NHQ) Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC).


Expiration Date.  September 30, 2021


Background.  The Chief of NRCS serves as the equal opportunity officer for NRCS. The NRCS civil rights program encompasses all equal employment opportunity and program delivery-related matters. The Chief of NRCS has designated the associate chief as the deputy equal opportunity officer for the newly created NHQ CRAC. With this new change, there is a need to develop a NHQ CRAC to the associate chief.

The NHQ CRAC will serve as an advisory board for the associate chief to ensure NRCS NHQ complies with all civil rights policies. The committee accomplishes this through a variety of activities, including training, outreach, communication, barrier analysis, and reviewing HR trends. Members work both individually and collaboratively.

The NHQ CRAC will be comprised of 22 members (two co-chairs and 19 members) as follows:

  • Two co-chairs
  • Executive assistant/secretary
  • American Indian/Alaska Native special emphasis program manager
  • Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders special emphasis program manager
  • Black special emphasis program manager
  • Federal women’s program manager
  • Hispanic special emphasis program manager
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender special emphasis program manager
  • Persons with disabilities special emphasis program manager
  • Veterans special emphasis program manager
  • One (1) at large representative each from the Gulf of Mexico Initiative, the Regional Conservationist’s Office, the Office of the Associate Chief, and the Management and Strategy deputy area (total 4)
  • Two (2) at large representatives each from the Programs and Science and Technology deputy areas (total 4)
  • Three (3) at large representatives from the Soil Science and Resource Assessment deputy area (total 3)

Committee members should be self-motivated individuals who are willing to volunteer and complete actions identified. NHQ CRAC members are full-time NRCS NHQ and center employees and represent to the extent possible the various occupations, grade levels, races, sexes, national origins, disability statuses, and geographical locations. NHQ CRAC members should have experience working and representing issues in diverse communities.


Explanation.  The associate chief is soliciting to fill all vacancies on the newly established NHQ CRAC. All members shall be selected or appointed by the associate chief and will serve a two-year staggered term except the executive assistant/secretary who will serve a one-year term.

The NHQ CRAC is designed to provide management officials and employees with counsel and advice that enhances and ensures compliance with their equal employment opportunity and program delivery responsibilities. Members of the NHQ CRAC will carry out their responsibilities consistent with USDA policies, procedures, and practices regarding equal employment opportunity and program delivery, which are nondiscriminatory with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activities. The NHQ CRAC shall provide assistance in the areas of policy formulation, program direction, and administration.

For more information, please refer to Parts 403 and 404 for details pertaining to the roles and responsibilities of CRACs and special emphasis programs: https://directives.sc.egov.usda.gov/RollupViewer.aspx?hid=16975

Line officers and deputy chiefs must concur in the application and agree to support the employee by granting up to 20 percent of their time for NHQ CRAC work activities.

For more information, please refer to the attached NHQ CRAC by-laws (attachment A).

Contact.  Please submit any inquiry or completed 2021 NHQ CRAC membership application (attachment B) to Doris Washington at doris.washington@usda.gov by close of business June 24, 2021.




Attachment A - NHQ CRAC By-Laws
Attachment B - 2021 NHQ CRAC Membership Application

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