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Office of Resolution Management, Diversity & Inclusion (ORMDI)

 

American Indian & Alaska Native

American Indian and Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proudly leads the effort to build a diverse workforce and cultivate an inclusive work environment.  We do this by developing and implementing policies and programs that promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace as we strive to ensure that VA’s workforce is drawn from the broadest segments of society so that it is poised to meet the present and future needs of our Nation's Veterans, their families, and beneficiaries.

The Department places a high priority on respecting the government-to-government relationship between the Federal government and the federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and their unique sovereign status.

The VA AI/AN Special Emphasis Program (SEP) is designed to create plans to address potential and validated discriminatory and inequitable practices in hiring and employment and ensure full participation of AI/ANs by implementing plans to eliminate adverse data trends at all levels of the agency.  See 29 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 1614.102(b)(4) for more information.

Within this framework, some of the specific program objectives include:

  • Identify and address barriers to the hiring, development and advancement of      AI/AN.
  • Assist to develop and implement special program initiatives that will enhance the      employment and advancement of the AI/AN program.
  • Identify ways to ensure equal consideration for promotions, training, and awards      for AI/AN.
  • Monitor separation and disciplinary actions for AI/AN.
  • Serve as liaison between recruiters and internal/external organizations which can      assist in recruitment efforts and activities.
  • Develop and maintaining positive working relationships with community,      professional and national organizations, college and universities.

Executive Orders

Affinity Organizations

MOUs and Partnership Agreements
VA maintains Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the following agency and affinity organization:

External Affinity Conferences Approved for VA-wide Participation
(
VA External Affinity Confrences Memo [PDF])
For more information on external affinity conferences approved for VA-wide participation, please visit the following:

Observances (VA SEP Observances Memo [PDF])
ORMDI provides a SEP Observances Toolkit as guidance to field facilities on implementing activities for special observances, including the following:

  • American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)

Plans and Reports

Employment
ORMDI does not offer or conduct employment services.  Please visit the following:

Internal Resources

External Government Resources

Other External Resources

Program Contact

Ms. Edith Perry, VA’s National American Indian/Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program Manager, ORMDI.


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