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Award Condition: Civil Rights Compliance Specific to State Administering Agencies (OJP awards made during or before FY 2016)

The following requirements are specifically incorporated by reference in a number of OJP awards to States made during FY 2016 and earlier fiscal years.

Award requirement:

All State Administering Agencies (SAAs) have a responsibility to monitor their subrecipients to ensure that the subrecipients are complying with the federal civil rights laws that are applicable to recipients of federal financial assistance. In accordance with 28 C.F.R. §§...

Award Condition: "Methods of Administration" - Requirements applicable to States (FY 2017 Update)

Posted: September 2017

The following award condition is specifically incorporated by reference in a number of OJP awards to States made during or after FY 2017. (To determine whether this condition applies to a particular OJP award to a State, refer to the conditions that accompany the award document.)

Award Condition: 

An OJP award is a form of "federal financial assistance."  As a result, the...

Equal Employment Opportunity Program Instructions

1. Purpose

This Instruction defines the various Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Employment Programs of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). It provides the procedures and guidance for initiating and processing complaints alleging discrimination, those agencies and officials responsible for the timely and judicious handling of EEO complaint matters, and the rights and responsibilities of persons participating in the EEO complaint process.

2. Scope


EEO Complaint Process

Information Stage

You have the right to initiate contact with an EEO Counselor within 45 calendar days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act, or in the case of a personnel action, with 45 calendar days of the effective date of the action.

The Counselor will advise you of your rights and responsibilities, assist you in identifying your claim, offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)...

Civil Rights

The Office for Civil Rights at the Office of Justice Programs ensures that recipients of financial assistance from OJP, as well as the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office on Violence Against Women, comply with federal laws that prohibit discrimination in employment and the delivery of services or benefits based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, and disability. See Civil Rights Requirements for more information.

Recipients of financial assistance from OVW are also prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. For more information, see Nondiscrimination Grant Condition in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

Employees, beneficiaries and applicants for employment or services of any of the above who believe that they have experienced unlawful discrimination may file a complaint.

The Investigative Findings page captures information for a selection of OCR investigations.


Director: Michael Alston
OCR Main Line: 202-307-0690
Fax: 202-354-4380
TDD/TTY: 202-307-2027
OCR E-mail: [email protected]


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