Office of Civil Rights & Diversity




Regina Neal-Mujahid, Assistant Director

Regina Neal-Mujahid, Assistant Director

Email: regina.neal@emcbc.doe.gov

Function

To ensure equal employment opportunity, diversity and inclusion through policy development, workforce analysis, retention and outreach/education and to ensure that employees and contractors are free to raise concerns, without fear of reprisal, to best serve the environmental management program.

Office of Civil Rights and Diversity Services Include:

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Diversity and Inclusion

Employee Concerns Program (ECP)

Office of Civil Rights & Diversity Useful Tools:

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EMCBC EEO Counselors


Counselors serve as liaisons between the employee and management, in the informal complaint processing stage. The counselor is neither an advocate of management nor of the employee.
  • Meets with complainant and handles informal alleged incident or personnel action.
  • Advises employees of EEO rights under the law.
  • Seeks out facts relevant to complaints to resolve issues.
  • Reviews agency records to secure facts.
  • Interviews parties to the complaint.
  • Attempts a common ground resolution of the issue after talking with employees, their representatives (if applicable), and management officials.
Brent Johansen (513) 246-0493
brent.johansen@emcbc.doe.gov

Ken Lewis (513) 246-0592
ken.lewis@emcbc.doe.gov

Larry Kelly (513) 246-0609
larry.kelly@emcbc.doe.gov

Trisha Zamarron (513) 246-0498
trisha.zamarron@emcbc.doe.gov

EEO Counselor Brochure
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Office of Civil Rights and Diversity Staff



Sheila Gilliam
Senior EEO Specialist
sheila.gilliam@emcbc.doe.gov
Betsy Volk
Program Analyst
betsy.volk@emcbc.doe.gov
Trisha Zamarron
EEO Specialist
trisha.zamarron@emcbc.doe.gov

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Contractor Oversight


The Office of Civil Rights and Diversity is responsible to Assess the Serviced Sites contractors’ EEO and diversity programs to ensure compliance with DOE contract requirements, procedures, and Appropriate Federal regulations, Contractor Acquisition Guidance Letters, and FAR and DEAR clauses.

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EEO/Diversity Training


The Office of Civil Rights and Diversity Is responsible for providing Mandatory EEO training (sexual harassment, EEO updates, etc.) for EMBC and Customer Sites’ managers and employees in accordance with DOE Order 311.1B. Training is held annually, biannually, and as directed.

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Diversity Council

The Purpose of the Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) Diversity Council is to provide advice and assistance to the EMCBC management team on diversity-related plans, policies, and programs; and to serve as an advocate for diversity by bolstering the development and implementation of EMCBC and Secretarial diversity initiatives within the workplace.

EMCBC Diversity Council members are representative of the EMCBC and its Customer Sites.

Diversity Council Charter
Diversity Council Brochure
TJ Jackson; Chairperson Office of Technical Support and Asset Management 513-246-0077
Paul Sian; Member At-Large and Co-Chairperson Office of Chief Counsel 513-744-0966
Rochelle Zimmerman; Member At-Large Portsmouth Paducah Project Office 859-219-4013
Melvin Boyd; Member At-Large Office of Technical Support and Asset Management 513-246-0576
Paul Lucas; Member At-Large Office of Cost Estimating and Project Management Support 513-246-0507
Don Metzler; Member At-Large MOAB, Utah UMTRA Project 970-257-2115
Paul Whalen; Member At-Large Office of Chief Counsel 513-246-0577
Marilyn Peoples;
National Disability Employment Program Manager
Office of Technical Support and Asset Management 513-246-0599
Jackie Wolfe;
Federal Woman's Program Manager
Office of Financial Management 513-246-0521
Trisha Zamarron;
Hispanic Employment Program Manager
Office of Civil Rights and Diversity 513-246-0498
Lori Erbele;
Veterans Employment Program Manager
Office of Cost Estimating and Project Management Support 513-744-0971
Josephine Brownlee;
African American Employment Program Manager
Office of Financial Management 513-246-0544
Erin Kroger;
Native American Employment Program Manager
Office of Technical Support and Asset Management 513-246-1368
Nina Akgunduz;
Asian American Employment Program Manager
Office of Contracting 513-246-0561
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Special Emphasis Programs

Background

Special Emphasis Programs (SEPs) were established by the Federal government to enhance opportunities for minorities, women, and people with disabilities in employment areas. The SEPs include: the Federal Women’s Program; the Hispanic Employment Program, the Black Employment Program, the Native American Employment Program, the Persons with Disabilities Employment Program, and the Asian/Pacific Islander Employment Program. The EMCBC also plans to establish a Veterans Group to support the employment of veterans, including disabled veterans.

Roles of Special Emphasis Program Managers

  • Manage SEPs in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and orders and directives under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director, Office of EEO/Diversity;
  • Identify barriers to the employment and advancement of women, minorities, person with disabilities, and veterans;
  • Recommend appropriate actions to eliminate under-representation and remove barriers to the employment and advancement of EEO groups; and
  • Promote employee awareness of EEO principles and goals by developing special activities and programs.
EMCBC SEP Brochure
SEPM Contact Program Email Address Phone Number
Jacquelyn Wolfe Federal Women's Program jacquelyn.wolfe@emcbc.doe.gov 513-246-0521
Josephine Brownlee African American Employment Program josephine.brownlee@emcbc.doe.gov 513-246-0544
Trisha Zamarron Hispanic Employment Program trisha.zamarron@emcbc.doe.gov 513-246-0498
Erin Kroger Native American Employment Program erin.kroger@emcbc.doe.gov 513-246-1368
Lori Erbele Veteran's Employment Program lori.erbele@emcbc.doe.gov 513-744-0971
Marilyn Peoples Disability Employment Program marilyn.peoples@emcbc.doe.gov 513-246-0599
Nina Akgunduz Asian / Pacific Islander Employment Program nina.akgunduz@emcbc.doe.gov 513-246-0561
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Title VI


Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The law states, in part, that:

No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.


The Office of Civil Rights and Diversity is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with Title VI, investigating Title VI-related complaints, and providing technical assistance to recipients of Department of Energy financial assistance. The Department has promulgated regulations that implement Title VI. The regulations can be found at 10 C.F.R. Part 1040.

For more information please see the Department of Justice website

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Title IX


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all educational programs and activities of institutions that receive federal financial assistance. The law states, in part, that:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Click here to learn more: 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a)

The Office of Civil Rights and Diversity is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with Title IX, investigating Title IX-related complaints, and providing technical assistance related to Title IX to recipients of Department of Energy financial assistance.

Department of Energy Title IX Implementing Regulations:
The Department has promulgated regulations implementing Title IX. The Department’s Title IX implementing regulations can be found at 10 C.F.R. Parts 1042 and 1040.

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Federal Women's Program


The Federal Women's program was established to implement a recommendation of the President's Committee on the Status of Women and was later integrated into the Federal EEO Program after the issuance of E.O. 11478 (August 1969).

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Hispanic Employment Program


  • The Hispanic program was established initially by a Presidential Directive in 1970 as a Sixteen-Point Program for Spanish-speaking Americans.
  • In 1997, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a memorandum to Heads of Executive Departments and Independent Agencies which proposed a Nine-Point Plan to improve the representation of Hispanics in the Federal workforce.
  • Executive Order 13171 of October 12, 2000, (Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government)

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Veteran's Employment Program


  • The Veterans Preference Act of 1944 (5 USC 2108); non-competitive appointing authority for 30 percent or more disabled veterans (5 USC 3114); the Veterans Readjustment Appointment (EO 11521); and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (38 USC 2104).
  • The Veterans Emphasis Program is directed at assuring that all veterans have the full measure of employment in the Federal service.

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Disability Employment Program


  • The Disability Employment Program originated from Public Law 89-554, codified as 5 USC 7153, and Presidential Policy Statements. It promotes the hiring, placement, and advancement of employees with disabilities.
  • Executive Order 12066 and the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 required affirmative action for the hiring, placement and advancement for persons with disabilities.

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EEO Complaints Process

Precomplaint Counseling

An employee or applicant (complainant) must attempt to resolve an alleged discriminatory act through an EEO Counselor before filing a formal complaint. The employee and/or applicant must contact an EEO Counselor within 45 days of the alleged discriminatory act, the effective date of the alleged discriminatory personnel action or when the complainant first learned of the alleged discriminatory act. The employee may elect to enter Alternative Dispute Resolution during the EEO Counseling stage.

If the complaint is not resolved informally, the EEO Counselor will conduct a final interview with the complainant no later than 30 calendar days after the initial contact. If the complainant elects ADR, this period may be extended up to a total of 90 calendar days. Counseling may also be extended by written consent of the complainant and the designated official.

What to Expect from Counseling

The EEO Counselor does not represent the complainant or Management; he or she is a neutral third party. The Counselor listens objectively to both sides, gathers information, and works to resolve the situation. The Counselor cannot use the complainant’s name unless authorized in writing; however, a request for anonymity may limit the Counselor’s ability to resolve the matter informally. The Counselor may offer reasonable suggestions for an equitable resolution, and is open to suggestions from others.

Filing a Complaint of Discrimination

Formal Complaint Process:
Individual Complaint Once counseling has been completed, the EEO Counselor issues a Notice of Right to File a Complaint of Discrimination Form (DOE Form 1600.1). If the complainant then wishes to file a formal complaint of discrimination, he/she must do so within 15 calendar days of receiving the Notice. It is critical that the complainant clearly state the claim(s) on the form or an attachment. Only those issues raised during the counseling, or similar/related issues, may be included in the formal complaint. The agency will then determine which issues in the formal complaint will be accepted for investigation, and which issues will be dismissed.

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, please follow the EEO complaints process procedure.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Sheila Gilliam

Email: sheila.gilliam@emcbc.doe.gov

Function

  • Title VII Complaints Processing
  • Title VI and Title IX
  • Special Emphasis Programs
  • EEO/Diversity Training
  • Contractor Oversight
  • Diversity Council
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Diversity & Inclusion

Betsy Volk

Email: betsy.volk@emcbc.doe.gov

Function

  • Presidential and Secretarial Diversity Initiatives
  • Education and Community Outreach
  • Diversity Recruitment
  • Student Intern Programs
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Employee Concerns Program

Regina Neal-Mujahid

Email:regina.neal@emcbc.doe.gov

Value and Philosophy

The U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC), believes that investigating, understanding and responding to employee concerns provides a valuable tool to improve safety, the work environment and productivity at the EMCBC and customer sites.

The EMCBC also believes that employee concerns are most efficiently resolved when the employee resolves concerns at the local level with his/her employer. When the employee cannot achieve resolution with his/her employer, or has a real concern regarding retaliation, intimidation or harassment, the EMCBC encourages the employee to contact the Employee Concerns Program (ECP) Office.

Filing an Employee Concern

Concerns can be expressed in person, by phone, by email, or in writing. Forms are available throughout the EMCBC and customer site facilities.

Types of Concerns Employees May Raise

  • Safety and Health
  • Environment
  • Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
  • Ethical
  • Working Conditions
  • Quality
  • Security
  • Reprisal
  • Managment
  • Intimidation
EMCBC EMCBC Small Sites Portsmouth / Paducah
Regina Neal-Mujahid
(513) 246-0468
regina.neal@emcbc.doe.gov
Lynn Chafin
(513) 246-0461
lynette.chafin@emcbc.doe.gov
Susan Sparks
(859) 219-4016
susan.sparks@lex.doe.gov
West Valley Demonstration Project Carlsbad Field Office MOAB
Christopher Eckert
(716) 942-4783
christopher.eckert@wv.doe.gov
Karen Richardson
(575) 234-7326
karen.richardson@wipp.ws
Scott Williams
(970) 257-2142
Scott.Williams@gjemtac.doe.gov