Washington Civil Rights
Welcome to the Washington Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC) page. Our Committee
is a group of very dedicated employees who strive to make NRCS a fair and
equitable place to work and do business.
As the name implies, we are primarily an advisory committee. We do analysis and
research to formulate recommendations which are presented to our State
Conservationist and Leadership Team for consideration.
A strong Civil Rights Program isnít made through the Committee alone. It takes
interest, input and dedication by all the employees in the State. Contact
members of the committee to find opportunities for training and participation.
A quality workforce providing natural resource stewardship through quality
The mission of the Washington State Civil Rights Committee is to advise,
assist, and apprise leadership in all matters related to civil rights in order
to effect enhancement, edification, and expansion of affirmative employment and
Civil Rights Advisory Committee Facts
|What the Committee Does Do:
||What the Committee Does Not Do:
|Serves as an advisory body to the NRCS
Deputy Equal Employment Opportunity Officer (DEOO). The STC is the DEOO
for NRCS in Washington.
||It does not assume the role of the DEOO.
|Makes recommendations to the DEOO regarding
policies, practices, and procedures as they affect equal opportunity and
||It does not establish Equal Opportunity policies,
programs, or procedures.
|Identifies emerging Equal Opportunity
Program areas needing the DEOO's attention.
||It does not involve itself in specific cases of the EEO
Complaint Process or the Grievance System.
|Assists the DEOO in the development of an
Affirmative Employment Program and Outreach Plan for
||It does not serve as a rubber stamp for existing
personnel procedures and systems.
|Provides assistance to the DEOO in assessing
the progress being made on action items in the Affirmative Employment
|Serves as a sounding board to concerns and
problems presented by NRCS employees.
|Makes recommendations to the DEOO regarding
ways to address employee concerns and problems.
|Provides information to NRCS personnel about
the Equal Opportunity Program, Affirmative Employment Program action
items and work being done by the Committee.
|Directs employees needing Equal Opportunity
information or assistance to the proper official.
Washington State Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC) members
The CRAC is designed to provide management officials and employees with a
vehicle that enhances and fulfills their equal employment opportunity and
program delivery responsibilities. Members of the CRAC will carry out their
responsibilities consistent with USDA policies, procedures, and practices
regarding employment and program delivery, which are nondiscriminatory with
regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual
orientation, marital or familial status, political beliefs, parental status,
protected genetic information, or because all or a part of an individual's
income is derived from any public assistance program. The CRAC provides
assistance in the areas of policy formulation, program direction and
The Special Emphasis Programs address the unique concerns of these groups in
achieving diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity.
Civil Rights Related Links
Scholarship Related Links
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits
discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color,
national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status,
familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic
information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an
individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all
prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require
alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, Large
print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at 202-720-2600
(voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this
institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all
program.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of
Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or
call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity
provider and employer.
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