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The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled its first-ever Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Strategic Plan in a release published September 1.
The DEIA Strategic Plan outlines actions to be taken by the DOE to ensure inclusivity and accessibility, as well as to remove barriers faced by underserved and minority Americans. The plan is advertised as backing President Joe Biden's Executive Order 14035 "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce".
“President Biden has assembled an Administration that effectively represents the diversity of America and brings together people of various perspectives, cultures and backgrounds to ensure policies benefit those living in all corners of this country," DOE Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said. “DOE is building upon the President’s priorities to advance equity by strengthening the Department’s potential to deliver transformative change across energy sectors and broaden the pipeline of talent who will ensure our clean energy future.”
The DEIA Strategic Plan, led by the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity in partnership with the Chief Human Capital Office, was formed following engagement sessions with staff and a team representing various aspects and missions of the agency. The plan's highlights include the reestablishing of a DEIA office and Council at the DOE and requiring DEIA training for hiring managers focused on bias mitigation and inclusive talent practices.
The DOE's official Twitter account repeated the announcement in a tweet published September 1.
"Our clean energy future is only possible if everyone has a seat at the table," the tweet read. "Today, we're releasing our first-ever Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Strategic Plan to create a federal workforce shaped by Americans across the country."