Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity


The Chief of the Office of Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity (IC EEOD) serves as a key advisor to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI); provides leadership to the Intelligence Community (IC), especially through the IC EEOD Council (EEO and Diversity principals) and senior leaders in each IC Element; and ensures the provision of EEO services to the DNI workforce.  Ms. Rita Sampson is the Chief of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity (EEOD) within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

The Office plays a leadership role in designing and implementing innovative EEO and diversity programs and diversity best practices to increase the overall representation of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities across the IC, and benchmarking model agency best practices for Title VII compliance.

To this end, IC EEOD works closely with all key stakeholders across the Intelligence Community to coordinate the development of diversity strategies and mechanisms to facilitate the implementation of DNI-wide policies and to ensure compliance with applicable law and statutes.

Focus areas include ensuring equity in hiring and recruitment, retention efforts, promotions, rewards and awards, process improvement, career development programs, complaint management and resolution, and reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.


Functional Areas

The IC EEOD consists of a front office and three distinct functional areas: IC EEO Outreach; IC Diversity Outreach; and, IC EEOD Strategy and Analysis.

Division of IC EEO Outreach
Responsible for policy formulation, implementation, coordination, and management of the civil rights and equal opportunity programs of the Office of DNI such as EEO training, reasonable accommodation, alternate resolution program, and complaints processing, in addition to Intelligence Community leadership, outreach, and coordination for EEO compliance programs.

Division of IC Diversity Outreach
Responsible for providing leadership to the DNI and IC in the overall management of diversity programs, specifically responsible for serving as a focal point on issues regarding diversity recruitment, community outreach, affirmative employment and special emphasis programs, diversity best practices and career development activities.

Division of IC EEOD Strategy and Analysis
Serves as a consultant on issues related to EEO and diversity. Responsible for developing IC-wide strategies and policies for driving change in EEO and diversity management. Specifically, responsible for developing organizational metrics and a formal assessment process for reporting and tracking the implementation of diversity management initiatives.

The Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity (EEOD) Office is responsible for the overall management of the ODNI EEO and Diversity Program, and provides IC-wide oversight and guidance in developing, implementing, and measuring progress in EEO, diversity, and inclusion. The Chief of IC EEOD is the principal advisor to the DNI and IC senior leaders on issues related to equity, fairness, diversity, and inclusion, and reports directly to the DNI. The IC EEOD Office is responsible for developing, implementing, and measuring performance against the five year ODNI Diversity and Inclusion Plan, the five year IC EEO and Diversity Strategic Plan, and the ODNI Management Directive 715 EEO Program Status Report. 

The IC EEOD Office is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants on the basis of merit and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, and physical or mental disability. The objective is to promote full realization of equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative employment program that aims to eliminate discrimination based on factors irrelevant to job performance.


Intelligence Community senior leaders believe strongly that diversity is a mission-critical imperative, essential to ensuring our nation's security and success in the war on terror. To combat new, global, and increasingly complex national security threats, the IC must employ, develop, and retain a dynamic, agile workforce that reflects diversity in its broadest context cultural backgrounds, ethnicity, race, gender,  age, disability, gender identify, heritage, language proficiency, and perspectives. While the IC continues to move forward in achieving these goals, much more needs to be done to accelerate our progress and focus on results in diversity and inclusion.


In early 2006, the DNI appointed the first Chief of EEO for the IC and made the decision soon thereafter to merge this office with the IC Diversity Strategies Division (formerly in the IC Chief Human Capital Office) to better integrate EEO and diversity functions and leverage resources. This new Office of IC EEO and Diversity (EEOD) reports directly to the DNI. In addition to its IC-wide responsibilities, IC EEOD also provides these services for the ODNI workforce and organization. In July 2005, the DNI issued his first DNI's Policy Statement on Diversity to the IC.


IC EEOD Hotline – 301-243-0704




The Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Program was established in 2005 to meet the nation’s demand for a diverse cadre of professionals to carry out national security priorities and obligations. The IC requires a diverse, professionally competitive and knowledgeable workforce to successfully accomplish its mission. The intent of the IC CAE Program is to increase the pool of competitive, diverse, applicants, and to increase awareness of the IC mission and culture throughout ethnically and geographically diverse communities. The planning and implementation of the IC CAE Program adheres to the guidance set forth in the National Security Act of 1947; the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2004; and the 2019 National Intelligence Strategy (NIS).


The IC CAE Program promotes the nurturing of diverse, competitive talent in support of the NIS objectives to “… forge and retain a diverse, inclusive, and expert workforce.” While all accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States are eligible, the legislation emphasizes increased IC workforce gender, ethnic, and geographic (rural) diversity. It also compels the program to award grants to applicants that are either “part of a consortium or specifically enhance collaboration with under-resourced schools in a manner that promotes diversity.” The IC CAE Program creates a community of committed IC professionals and academic faculty who will increase students’ knowledge of the IC and develop the critical skills needed to satisfy the national security mission as we build the right, trusted, agile workforce. Community accountability will ensure the program remains agile and flexible in meeting the goals of the IC CAE Program.


On December 21, 2019, ICCAE transitioned from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to the Intelligence Community Human Capital Office (ICHCO), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).


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