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Establishment of a Lesbian, Ga1'. Bisexual, and Transgender Special Emphasis Program

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We are pleased to announce that on March 21,2413, Anorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. approved the establishment of a formal Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) "Special Emphasis Program" in the Justice Management Division (JMD) and Department oi Justice (DOJ) Bureau Equal Emplo1'ment Opportuniq'(EEO) Offices The formal designation of a LGBT Special Emphasis Program will help to in-siirudonalize progrurm activities that are currently in place to support the recruitment, retention, and development of LGBT employees, and will complement existing Special Emphasis Programs, which are designed to further develop a diverse and talented DOJ workforce.

This internal policy change is effective immediately and will be incorporated into DOJ Order 1200.1, Chapter 4-1 (EEO Program) in the near future. The program will be supported using existing resources. The JMD EEO Staft'and DOJ Bureau EEO Offices u'ill w'ork to ensure program recognition and continued support for existin-e activities including. an annual LGBT special observance event in June, outreach and arvareness events. and professional development seminars. DOJ Component EEO offices will also collaborate with DOJ Component Human Resources Offrces as appropriate, and engage DOJ Pride, the Department's LGBT emplo,vee affinity group, in Department-wide efforts to support the employment of this important segment of the Department's workforce.
Managers and Supervisors may seek advice from their respective Component EEO Officers, or the Department, for information regarding the LGBT Special Emphasis Program.