Washington NRCS Civil Rights Advisory Committee
The Washington State Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC) is made up of 10 members and 2
advisors. There are 6 Special Emphasis Program Managers, 3 Area
Representatives, and a State Office Representative.
provides employees with a vehicle to enhance and carry out their civil
rights program responsibilities.
The committee meets at least once per
quarter, and we welcome your questions, comments and ideas, and hope you
will take the opportunity to get to know your area representative and
You should also consider applying to be part of this
dynamic team as vacancies open up on the Civil Rights Advisory
Committee; these openings are usually solicited in the late summer or
A quality workforce providing natural resource stewardship through quality
The mission of the Washington State Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC) 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 program delivery.
The committee serves the following
- Identifying and bringing to the attention
management trends, problems, issues, or concerns within the civil rights
- Monitoring program delivery practices and making
recommendations for ensuring that underrepresented groups are made aware of
agency products and services.
- Focusing the attention of management on specific
personnel practices or problems of a civil rights nature which produce or
may produce dissension and dissatisfaction among employees.
- Monitoring the policies and overall effectiveness
of the Affirmative Employment and Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment
programs with respect to recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention.
- Acting as a forum for exchange of ideas and action
proposals on sensitive issues, matters, or concerns of a civil rights
- Promoting and communicating the efforts of
management to achieve and operate a realistic and ongoing civil rights
WA Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC) members
Special Emphasis Program Managers
Suggested Activities to increase awareness of Civil
Rights / EEO
Suggested ideas to address performance
EEO Complaint Process
NRCS Civil Rights Policy
Special Emphasis Programs
NRCS EEO Policy
Prohibited Personnel Practices
Whistleblower Protection Act (PDF; 17KB)
Antidiscrimination Laws (PDF; 17KB)
Accommodation (PDF; 73KB)
Sexual Harassment: What is it?
A Field Office Guide to a Successful Civil Rights Compliance
Calendar of Special Emphasis Observances
All employees are welcome, with supervisor’s permission. Contact the
Chair for more details.
Please feel free to send question(s)/issue(s) to
- November 2nd to 4th - Spokane SO
- February 9th to 10th - Spokane SO
- 3rd Quarter - TBD
- 4th Quarter - TBD
Required office posters
NRCS Civil Rights Policy Statement (PDF; 28KB)
NRCS Anti-Harassment Policy Statement (PDF;
Secretary of Agriculture Civil Rights Policy Statement
National NRCS Civil Rights Division
Professional and Employee organizations
U.S. Commission on Civil
U.S. Equal Employment
U.S. Office of Special
USDA non-discrimination statement
Sexual Harassment: What is it?
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 programs.)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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