This Directive provides policy guidance and standards for establishing and maintaining effective affirmative programs of equal employment opportunity under Section 717 of Title VII and effective affirmative action programs under Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Directive also sets forth general reporting requirements. The overriding objective of this Directive is to ensure that all employees and applicants for employment enjoy equality of opportunity in the federal workplace regardless of race, sex, national origin, color, religion, disability or reprisal for engaging in prior protected activity.
There are six essential elements of compliance in the implementation of a Model EEO Program:
a. Demonstrated commitment from agency leadership
b. Integration of EEO into the agency’s strategic mission
c. Management and program accountability
d. Proactive prevention of unlawful discrimination
f. Responsiveness and legal compliance
The MD-715 Report is an annual reporting requirement. Managers and supervisors are active participants in the establishment of a model EEO program. All directorates within USAG Vicenza are responsible for completing the Management Directive (MD) 715 Supervisory Checklist and identify proactive steps taken to eliminate organizational EEO barriers. Managers and supervisors should seek the advice of the EEO office in completing this requirement.
Commanders and senior officials are provided with a "State of the Agency" briefing covering all components of the report, including an assessment of the performance of the agency in each of the six essential elements of the Model EEO Program. A report on the progress of the agency in completing its barrier analysis is provided to the Department of the Army.