Article 18

Equal Employment Opportunity

Section 1--Policy

The Administration and the Union affirm their commitment to the policy of providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disabling condition, or age. In addition, the parties recognize their commitment to the policy of prohibiting discrimination on the basis of marital status or political affiliation. The Administration will have a positive, continuing and results-oriented program of affirmative action.  The parties agree that Equal Employment Opportunity shall be administered in accordance with Title 5 U.S.C., the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Executive Order 11478, and other authorizing legislation, and applicable regulations.

Section 2--Affirmative Employment Program Plan

A.  Establishment and implementation of the Affirmative Employment Program Plan is a fundamental Administration objective.  The Administration will continue to provide overall  management support and budgetary planning to achieve affirmative action objectives throughout the Administration, as outlined in 29 CFR 1614.102.

1. The Administration will provide the Union with the Administration's    procedures for developing the Affirmative Employment Program Plan including  timeframes set by both the EEOC and the Administration.         

2. Information sharing and discussion will take place at the three (3)    organizational parts within which plans will be formulated; namely,    Headquarters, Field and OHA.

3. Prior to submitting its Affirmative Employment Program Plan to the    EEOC or successor agency for approval, the Administration will provide a    copy of the plan to the Union and, upon request, will fulfill its duty to    bargain under law and this agreement.

B. Consistent with the EEOC Guidelines for Agency Affirmative Employment Program Plans, the Administration's plan shall include as appropriate:

1. A comprehensive program analysis of the current status of all    affirmative action efforts including: