Office of the Staff Director
This office, through the staff director, oversees all agency program activities and initiatives and the overall operation and management of the Commission including:
- disseminating policies established by the commissioners to staff,
- recommending program activities and projects for approval by the
- managing agency-wide performance and evaluating program results,
- overseeing and coordinating the completion of the agency’s substantive civil rights work, ensuring that the budget is executed in a manner consistent with established agency priorities, and
- serving as the liaison between the Commission and the Executive Office of the President, Congress, and other federal agencies.
Office of the General Counsel
The Office of the General Counsel provides the legal expertise and advice that is required to support our fact-finding and ensure the legal integrity of our written products. This office supports the lawful operation of the agency and advises agency leadership and managers on a range of legal matters. This may include analyzing proposed legislation, interpreting various laws and regulations, advising on the scope of the agency’s jurisdiction, and contractual disputes. With the assistance of the agency’s solicitor, when requested, this office represents the agency in personnel matters including litigation arising from equal employment discrimination complaints and other alleged violations. In addition, this office develops concepts for briefings and hearings on civil rights issues and generates related reports for public dissemination.
Office of Civil Rights Evaluation
The Office of Civil Rights Evaluation provides the subject matter and analytical expertise required to prepare social-scientific evaluations of civil rights issues. Consistent with agency resources, this office monitors the activities of numerous federal agencies as well as national and regional civil rights trends. Based on information gathered through monitoring and other sources this office, like the Office of General Counsel, develops concepts for and conducts civil rights studies and other projects. In addition to these functions, this office receives and refers civil rights complaints to other agencies for appropriate enforcement action.
Office of Management
The Office of Management provides administrative support to all Commission offices. Several divisions fall within this office:
- Budget and Finance Division,
- Human Resources Division, and
- Administrative Services and Clearinghouse Division.
The Office of Management supports all the agency’s strategic goals and objectives by
ensuring that needed human and financial capital are available, and that logistical support
is in place to support the agency’s mission.
Congressional Affairs Unit
The Congressional Affairs Unit (CAU) serves as the Commission’s liaison with Congress, responding to requests for specific information, identifying opportunities for our commissioners and others to provide testimony and information to congressional members and their staff on civil rights matters, and ensuring the distribution of our studies and reports to all members. CAU monitors the legislative activities of Congress and provides support in the conceptualization and production of studies and reports with information gathered via its monitoring activities.
Public Affairs Unit
The Public Affairs Unit (PAU) serves as the public voice of the Commission and ensures that the public knows about our activities and publications. It also coordinates and carries out such activities as briefing reporters, holding press conferences, issuing press releases, arranging press interviews and speaking engagements for commissioners and approved staff, and monitoring press activity regarding the Commission and civil rights issues. PAU deals directly with the public in responding to inquiries and by attending meetings of civil rights organizations.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Programs
This office is responsible for the overall management of our EEO complaint system. This system affords applicants for employment and employees of the Commission, who believe that they were victims of discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment), physical or mental disability, or reprisal in connection with EEO-related activities, with a means of review and appeal.
Regional Programs Coordination Unit
The chief of the Regional Programs Coordination Unit (RPCU) coordinates the activities of the Commission’s six regional offices. This position has no supervisory relationship with regional office staff but is responsible for coordinating, monitoring, and reporting on regional activities for the national office, and communicating national office policies and priorities to regional offices.
The six regional offices provide critical support to the 51 state advisory committees required by our statute. A regional director leads each office along with one or more civil rights analysts and a secretary. These offices coordinate the Commission's operations in their regions and assist the state advisory committees in their activities. Regional directors are also responsible for the day-to-day administration of their office and the supervision of office staff.
Office of Civil Rights Evaluation: The Office of Civil Rights Evaluation provides the subject-matter, critical, and analytical expertise required to research and write evaluations of civil rights issues. The Office monitors the activities of numerous federal agencies as well as national and regional civil rights trends. Based on information gathered, this office develops project proposals, carries out projects, and responds to inquiries from the public and the Commissioners. It also receives, researches, analyzes, and recommends resolutions for civil rights complaints.
Office of Management: The Office of Management provides administrative, library, budget and finance, and human resources development support services for the Commission. This office also manages the Commission's information resources. In addition, in its role as a clearinghouse for information on civil rights, the library responds to requests from the public for copies of Commission publications.
Congressional Affairs Unit: The Congressional Affairs Unit serves as the liaison with Congress, responding to requests for specific information and ensuring the distribution of the Commission's studies and reports to all members. The Unit monitors the legislative activities of Congress and provides support in the conceptualization and production of studies and reports with information gathered via their monitoring activities.
Public Affairs Unit: The Public Affairs Unit serves as the public voice of the Commission and ensures that the activities and the publications of the Commission are known to the American public. The Unit coordinates and carries out such activities as briefing reporters and the Commissioners on civil rights issues, holding press conferences, issuing press releases, arranging interviews with the Commissioners, and monitoring press activity regarding the Commission and civil rights issues. The Unit deals directly with the public in responding to inquiries and by attending meetings of civil rights organizations as speakers.
Regional Programs Coordination Unit: The Regional Programs Coordination Unit ensures that the individual regional programs are sufficiently coordinated across regions and with headquarters. The Unit ensures that headquarters support and guidance are provided as necessary. The Unit provides support in the finalization and publication of headquarters-developed and regional reports and studies, as well as in the announcement of hearings.
Regional Offices: The six Regional Offices are staffed by a director, civil rights analysts, and other administrative personnel. They coordinate the Commission's operations in their regions and assist the State Advisory Committees in their activities.