At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment for all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work! We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career—we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. The External Civil Rights Compliance Office (ECRCO), within the EPA’s Office of General Counsel, is responsible for ensuring that recipients of EPA financial assistance comply with the relevant nondiscrimination requirements under federal law. Recipients of EPA financial assistance are prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Section 13 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (also known as the Clean Water Act).
The position serves on civil rights compliance and investigation teams that support EPA’s Strategic Plan goal to promote environmental justice and civil rights at the federal level. ECRCO safeguards civil rights by conducting compliance review and investigating and resolving complaints against EPA recipients; and overseeing the EPA’s compliance with language access and the provision of reasonable accommodations to external stakeholders.
- Research technical, legal, and policy issues raised by complainants about external civil rights issues.
- Gather and assemble documents, information, and data for the maintenance of case files and the evaluation of EPA funds recipients' compliance with federal civil rights laws.
- Coordinate EPA communications with the complainant and/or their attorneys by scheduling interviews, meetings, and correspondence.
- Prepare and issue letters, reports, briefings and other case-related investigation and resolution documents related to civil rights laws and policies.
- Assist in the coordination of ECRCO's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) responses by reviewing, redacting, and drafting responses of FOIA requests.
- Maintain data, information, and records to investigate and resolve civil rights cases; and
- Conduct recipient policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal civil rights statutes and Agency nondiscrimination regulations.
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