Federal Manager's Daily Report

The VA has released a plan for carrying out Biden administration initiatives for federal agencies to promote diversity, equity, inclusiveness and access both internally and externally, one of the first agencies to publicly release such a plan.

The VA’s plan, the result of work by an internal task force, includes 20 main recommendations and 68 sub-recommendations to “ensure all VA employees, veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors have equitable treatment and experiences when interacting with VA,” the department said.

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Those include collecting and disaggregating race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation demographic information about VA employees and veterans; integrating DEIA principles into hiring, position management, talent development and executive coaching; and creating “a pipeline for employees from underserved communities to attain leadership positions starting at the GS-13 level, in addition to partnering with minority-serving institutions to create a pathway to employment into the VA workforce,” among other steps.

It also calls for conducting a one-day department-wide stand-down “to address such topics as unconscious biases, microaggressions, overt racism and cultural competency and humility within VA workforce” and “identify and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of some groups within the workforce.”

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