Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights PolicyBeltsville Area Executive Team - Statement of Commitment to EEO and Civil Rights Policy
The Beltsville Area is fully committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. ARS’ EEO Policy mandates equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discrimination in all aspects of the Agency’s personnel policies, practices and operations. All non-merit barriers that impede the employment, hiring, promotion, and retention of any employee must be eradicated from the workplace.
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) top priorities include eradicating discrimination, sexuaVnon-sexual harassment, and retaliation; improving and successfully managing diversity in the workplace; and creating and maintaining an environment where all ARS employees are valued, respected, and free to develop and perform to their fullest potential. In accordance with Secretary Vilsack's Cultural Transformation Initiative, the ARS is charged with creating a work environment as diverse as our customers.
As Secretary of Agriculture, I fully support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) civil rights, equal employment opportunity, and diversity policies and programs. Improving civil rights throughout USDA is one of my top priorities, and by pursuing this goal together in a transparent and ethical manner we can lead the way in making USDA a model organization.