The Exchange Associate Diversity program is managed through the Special Emphasis Programs, or Affinity Groups.
Special Emphasis Programs (SEP’s) and Special Emphasis Program Manager (SEPM) positions were established to assist Federal Agencies in assuring Equal Opportunity is present in all aspects of employment, and Affirmative Actionmeasures are being taken to address all under representation.
Each program is managed by a Special Emphasis Program Manager (SEPM) under the guidance of the Diversity Office. The number and location of permanent full-time or part-time Seems and their collateral duties in an agency are left to the discretion of the agency. Collateral duty tasks of Seems can be assigned to almost any position and level in the organization.
The SEPM’s serve as subject matter experts, fact finders, information sources and program advocates. SEPM’s are required to review The Exchange policies, practices and procedures and identify those which discriminate against their specific target group. They are also required to analyze settings, then develop and present workable solutions to management and / or the Office of Diversity.
SEPM’s do not serve as advocates or representatives of individuals with specific problems engaged in a complaint process. The primary focus is that of the special emphasis program itself. The SEPM should be the strongest supporter of issues concerning their target group.
Special Emphasis Programs
The three Special Emphasis programs required by law, regulation or Executive Order are:
While the law does not require other Special Emphasis Programs, The Exchange chose to have or add the following additional Special Emphasis programs: