In a public meeting today at agency headquarters, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012-2016. The Strategic Plan establishes a framework for achieving the EEOC’s mission to stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination, so that the nation might soon realize the Commission’s vision of justice and equality in the workplace. Implementation of the new Strategic Plan will begin in March 2012.

“In approving the Strategic Plan, the EEOC today is taking a significant step toward realizing the Commission’s vision of ending employment discrimination and promoting equal opportunity in the American workplace,” said EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien. “I am very pleased with the hard work of staff across the agency who provided assistance throughout the planning process, and I look forward to the successful implementation of the plan.”

The Commission voted 4-1 to approve the FY 2012-2016 Strategic Plan. The Plan serves as a framework for the Commission in achieving its mission by focusing on three strategic objectives: strategic law enforcement, education and outreach, and efficiently serving the public. The three strategic objectives each have a number of performance measures detailing outcomes to be achieved during the four year period the Plan is in effect. The different outcomes are designed to measure the Commission’s progress in carrying out its mission in a time of static resources and a growing need for its services.

As an example of the plan’s proposed outcomes, the Strategic Law Enforcement objective includes the development of a new strategic enforcement plan to better leverage the Commission’s resources to “stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination” and to build on its existing systemic program to remedy discrimination against large numbers of individuals or where the discrimination has a broad impact on an industry, profession, company, or geographic area.