JUL 11 1997
FROM: Director of Headquarters Operations
SUBJECT: Delegation of Authority to Establish and Maintain Equal Employment Opportunity Programs
Authority Delegated and to Whom
1. Pursuant to the delegation of authority from the Director, Indian Health Service (IHS) dated JUn18 1997 I hereby delegate to the Director, Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights (EEO/CR) Staff, the authority to exercise personal leadership for establishing and maintaining EEO programs for the IHS, except for the Albuquerque Area, Navajo Area, Oklahoma City Area, and IHS Headquarters West.
2. Specifically, you are delegated the authority to:
a. Develop and implement required affirmative employment programs.
b. Conduct community outreach activities.
c. Select, train and make EEO counselors available for mandatory pre-class and pre-individual discrimination complaint counseling, including the establishment of alternative dispute resolution procedures to be used as adjuncts to precomplaint counseling.
d. Provide EEO training to staff, volunteers, supervisors and managers and other personnel.
e. Provide prompt, fair and impartial consideration of complaints charges and claims, including matters presented by aggrieved employees to EEO counselors, emphasizing informal resolution of disputes.
f. Accept, dismiss, cancel and investigate individual and class complaints. This includes investigations of any complaints initiated against the Oklahoma City EEO Manager, the Deputy DHO, Headquarters West, and/or the Area Directors of alberquerque Area, Navajo Area Oklahoma City Area, and any line official superior to the Oklahoma City Area EEO Manager
g. Provide complainants with a copy of the investigative file and notify them of their right to a hearing or an immediate final agency decision.
h. Conduct any required or appropriate inquiry and issue any subsequent written report , as may be required under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, and under applicable implementing instructions.
i. Approve settlement agreements that do not exceed $10,000 (agreements including retroactive personnel actions and/or back pay require the concurrence of the appropriate servicing personnel officer, or designee, as to technical accuracy)
j. Award attorneys' fees that do not exceed $10,000, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations
k. Issue final decisions on the merits of those complaints for which the complaint does not timely request either a hearing or an immediate final decision.
l. Request that the Commissioners of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reopen and reconsider a previous appellate decision of the EEOC Office of Federal Operations concerning procedural dismissals or merit determinations made by the IHS.
Authority to Redelegate and Limitations
3. This authority may not be redelegated.
4. The authorities delegated herein are limited to matters affecting civilian employees and applicants for civilian employment. They do not extend to functions, vacancies or personnel in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service.
5. The Director of EEO, OS, retains the authority to:
a. Make the Department's final decision on the merits of complaints other than those delegated to you in paragraph 2.k. above.
b. Process, investigate, and decide cases. when the matter involves a conflict or potential conflict of interest because the complainant or claimant is under the direct management supervision of the Director, IHS, or the Director, EEO/CR Staff, IHS, or the matter involves actions by the Director, IHS, the Director, EEO/CR Staff, IHS, or a staff or line official superior to the Director, EEO/CR Staff, IHS.
c. Process allegations of discrimination or harassment because of sexual orientation (memorandum issued February 4, 1994) including accepting, rejecting, and investigating cases; issuing final decisions, preparing departmental appellate decisions; etc.
d. Process Public Health Service Commissioned Corps complaints including issuing final agency decisions for the Acting Surgeon General.
Information and Guidance
6. Information and guidelines for exercising these authorities are contained in Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1614, appropriate guidelines and management directives promulgated by the EEOC, and related Department instructions.
7. This delegation supersedes the delegation of authority to you from the Director of Headquarters Operations dated February 26, 1993.
8. This delegation is effective on date of signature.
/Luana L. Reyes/ Luana Reyes
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