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NOAA Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

 

As required by Executive Order 13583 - Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce, in October 2016 NOAA developed its Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. NOAA’s unique mission of science, service and stewardship demands a diverse workforce to reflect, understand, and respond to the varied communities and stakeholders we serve. Equally important is an inclusive work environment that drives employee and organizational performance. NOAA recognizes that a sustained commitment to strengthening diversity and inclusion is critical to enable a future where societies and the world’s ecosystems reinforce each other and are mutually resilient in the face of sudden and prolonged change.

NOAA’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan establishes a framework for action to strengthen diversity and inclusion, and, ultimately, NOAA’s workforce capabilities. The plan builds on the FY 2012–2016 DOC Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, and considers the workforce gaps from NOAA’s Management Directive 715 results. The plan also complies with Executive Order 13583 – Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce, and is based on guidance provided by OPM.

This plan sets forth the goals, objectives, and tactics necessary to recruit a diverse, highly capable workforce, build an inclusive work environment, and ensure continued progress and commitment. Table 1 summarizes NOAA’s diversity and inclusion goals and objectives for FY 2017–2019. Details for each goal, including specific tactics and key success indicators, comprise the body of this plan. To fully ensure that the goals of the plan are enacted, NOAA has also developed the NOAA Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Plan.  This plan, which you can access here NOAA Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Plan, lists specific tactics that need to be accomplished to ensure the goal is achieved.

NOAA Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2017 2019