The NIH Director
Policy on Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Management
September 25, 2009
To: NIH Employees
From: Director, NIH
I am re-issuing the Policy Statement on Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Diversity Management to affirm my commitment to achieving the goal of a discrimination-free work environment. This includes maintaining an atmosphere in which employment opportunities are open to all candidates. EEO means that employment related decisions are made on the basis of merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation (through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Policy on Sexual Orientation), or reprisal for engaging in a prior protected activity.
It is critical that the NIH, as the world's premier biomedical research institution, continues to uphold its reputation for excellence by recruiting, training, and retaining employees from all backgrounds who are committed to working together to reach our common goal of better health for everyone.
As an Agency within HHS, the NIH will continue to develop and implement the essential elements of a model EEO program, as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Management Directive 715 (MD-715). These elements are as follows: demonstrated commitment from agency leadership, integration of EEO into the Agency's strategic mission, management and program accountability, proactive prevention of unlawful discrimination, efficiency, and responsiveness and legal compliance. MD-715 requires Agencies to identify and eliminate barriers to free and open workplace competition and to ensure that all employees and applicants for employment enjoy equality of opportunity in the Federal workplace.
In addition to our actions to eliminate employment barriers, we must make efforts to eliminate discrimination and harassment in any form at the NIH.
Employees and applicants who believe they have been discriminated against may exercise their right to seek redress by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management. Any manager or supervisor who discriminates or retaliates against an employee is subject to disciplinary action.
I am confident that the continued support of this policy throughout the NIH will demonstrate an inclusive and nondiscriminatory work environment that complements our noble mission.
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health