Black Employment Program (BEP)
The purpose of this program is to provide focus on issues such as equal program delivery and employment, promotion, training and career enhancement affecting Black employees and applicants in the Bureau of Land Management.
This program was strengthened through Executive Order 11478 , Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, which established the Equal Employment Opportunity Program. It is the policy of the Federal government to provide equal opportunity in employment to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or age. African Americans are underrepresented in higher-grade positions in the Department of Interior workforce. The FY06 MD715 Report for BLM Alaska and Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Plan (FEORP) depict The Department's workforce profile of activity that has been used to include goals and timetables for increasing the representation of protected class members in those areas where they have been underrepresented. The Black Special Emphasis Program has been established to increase the awareness and representation of African Americans in BLM Alaska.
Special Observance Activities
Black History Month Activities in February 2007
Federal Building employees enjoy a multi-cultural potluck organized as an interagency observance of Black History Month 2007.
Long-time Alaska Resident, Ollen Hunt, a real Buffalo Soldier from WWII came and shared his story with BLM employees during Black History Month 2007.