The Office of Departmental Equal Employment (ODEEO) was established in 2003 as an independent office in the Office of the Secretary. The ODEEO is responsible for ensuring the enforcement of Federal laws relating to the elimination of all forms of discrimination in the Department's employment practices. The applicable laws include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002. In addition, activities of the ODEEO are subject to Executive Order 11478, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at 29 CFR 1614, EEOC Management Directives MD-110 and MD-715, and Departmental regulations promulgated at 24 CFR Part 7. The Office has nationwide responsbilitiy for the Department's Equal Employment Opportunity Programs. The ODEEO planning and implementing the Department's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Employment (EEO/AE) activities pursuant to the HUD regulation at 24 CFR Part 7 and Federal Regulation at 29 CFR 1614. The activities of the ODEEO are carried out through the functions of two Divisions: Equal Employment Opportunity Division and Affirmative Employment Division.
The staff is comprised of Equal Employment (EE) and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Specialists in Headquarters, support personnel, and two permanent full-time EEO Counselors in the Field and in Headquarters. This staff is supplemented with collateral duty EEO Coordinators, Affirmative Employment Program Managers and Diversity Managers located in the HUD Program Offices.