Violence and threats of violence have no place in the Federal workplace. The origin can be from internal sources such as coworkers or from external sources such as our clients or others. This Departmental Regulation outlines the policy of the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the prevention of and response to workplace violence.
2. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
a. This regulation supersedes Departmental Regulation (DR) 4200-001 dated May 31, 2000.
b. The principal changes to DR 4200-001 are as follows:
(1) Expanded and added responsibilities to better define the roles of the personnel in USDA.
(2) Added definitions to increase awareness of the actions that could constitute a workplace violence situation.
(3) Expanded the list of prohibited behaviors.
(4) Added DR 4430-792-1 Employee Assistance Program as an authority.
(5) Added DR 4710-001 Alternative Dispute Resolution as an authority.
c. Supplementation: Agencies and staff offices may supplement this directive with
prior approval of the Director, OHRM. Supplemental regulations issued by
agencies or staff offices may not conflict with the contents of this directive.
Agencies and staff offices must provide copies of any supplemental regulations to
employees as required.
Violent behavior of any kind or threats of violence, either implied or direct, against persons or property will not be tolerated. This includes acts of intimidation or harassment, or other inappropriate behavior which causes fear for personal safety. An employee who exhibits violent behavior may be subject to criminal prosecution and/or shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal service. Violent threats or actions by employees or non-employees may result in criminal prosecution. USDA and/or its Agencies will appropriately consider all complaints of workplace violence or any possible violation of this policy. Retaliation against any person who initiates a complaint regarding violent behavior or threats of violence made to him/her is also prohibited.