It is the policy of the United States Information Agency to provide equal opportunity inemployment for all persons, to prohibit discrimination and reprisal in employment because of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), national origin, age, mental or physical disability, and to promote full equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative employment program.

USIA's firm commitment to these principles is stated in the Agency's Equal Employment Opportunity and Sexual Harassment Policy statements, issued by the Director on May 26, 1993, and the Agency's Equal Opportunity 10-Point Plan, issued on March 24, 1994. The authority and responsibility for administering all of the Agency's EEO Programs are concentrated in the Office of Civil Rights; however, all employees and managers are individually responsible for conducting themselves and the Agency's business in a manner that is in compliance with EEO principles.

The Office of Civil Rights, formerly the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights, was established under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended in 1972). Its mandate is to ensure overall Agency compliance with federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, application for employment and grants processes.

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