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United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Regulation 4230-002

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Special Emphasis Programs

1.      PURPOSE

The purpose of this regulation is to provide guidance and direction on the establishment and administration of Special Emphasis Programs (SEP) throughout the Department of Agriculture.  SEPs address the unique concerns of the following individuals:  African Americans; American Indians/Alaska Natives; Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders; persons with disabilities; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender individuals; Hispanic individuals; and women in achieving diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity in employment activities.

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