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Office of Resolution Management, Diversity & Inclusion (ORMDI)


Black/African American

Black/African American 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.

VA’s Black/African American Program was strengthened through Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, which established the Equal Employment Opportunity Program. It is the policy of the Federal government to provide equal opportunity in employment to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or age. Management Directive 715 provides policy guidance and standards for establishing and maintaining effective affirmative programs of equal employment opportunity under Section 717 of Title VII (Part A) and effective affirmative action programs under Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act (Part B).

The purpose of VA’s Black/African American Program is to help identify and eliminate actual recruitment and employment inequities (if any exist), which may adversely affect African American employees and applicants, and to identify areas with less than expected participation of African Americans in VA’s workforce.  See 29 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 1614.102(b)(4) for additional information.

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

  • Identify and address any barriers to the hiring, development and advancement of      African Americans.
  • Assist to develop and implement special program initiatives that will enhance the      employment and advancement of African Americans.
  • Identify ways to ensure equal consideration of African American employees for      promotions, training, and awards.
  • Monitor separations and disciplinary actions for African American employees.
  • Serve as liaison between recruiters and internal/external organizations which can      assist in recruitment efforts and activities.
  • Develop and maintain 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 affinity organizations:

External Affinity Conferences Approved for VA-wide Participation
VA External Affinity Conferences 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:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday (January 15)
  • Black History Month (February)
  • Juneteenth (June)

Plans and Reports

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

Internal Resources

External Government Resources

Other External Resources

Program Contact

Ms. Tynnetta Lee, VA’s Departmental Black/African American Special Emphasis Program Manager, ORMDI. 

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