The Management Directive 715 (MD-715) was issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on October 1, 2003. MD-715 contains policy guidelines and standards for establishing and maintaining effective affirmative employment programs. It requires agencies to take appropriate steps to ensure that policies, practices, and procedures are conducted in a discrimination free manner for employees and applicants.

The MD-715 calls for periodic agency self-assessments and the identification and elimination of barriers that prevent equal employment opportunities in the workplace. Additionally, the MD-715 requires federal agencies to work toward meeting the six essential elements of a model EEO program:

  • Demonstrated Commitment from Agency Leadership
  • Integration of EEO into the Agency's Strategic Mission
  • Management and Program Accountability
  • Proactive Prevention of Unlawful Discrimination
  • Efficiency
  • Responsiveness and Legal Compliance

The Office of Civil Rights is responsible for putting the MD-715 together annually in collaboration with other lines of businesses and staff offices.

From the MD-715, a list of action items is created. The action items address areas for which there needs to be improvements. Whichever line of business or staff office has responsibility for the action item, they will report, to the Office of Civil Rights, what activity or accomplishment has been done.

MD-715 Coordinator

Yvette Aine
(202) 267-9928