Affirmative Employment Program (AEP) Management Directive-715

Affirmative Employment Program (AEP) Management Directive-715

The MD-715 is the policy guidance which the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides to Federal agencies for their use in establishing and maintaining effective programs of equal employment opportunity (EEO) under Section 717 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The MD-715 establishes standards for ensuring that Federal agencies develop and maintain model EEO programs. These standards are used to measure and report on the status of the Federal Government's efforts to become a 'model employer.'As detailed in MD-715, the six elements of a model EEO program are:

  • Demonstrated Commitment from Agency Leadership;
  • Integration of EEO into the Agency's Strategic Mission;
  • Management and Program Accountability;
  • Proactive Prevention of Unlawful Discrimination;
  • Efficiency; and
  • Responsiveness and Legal Compliance.

The EEOC requires each Federal agency to report annually on the status of activities undertaken pursuant to its EEO program under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and activities undertaken pursuant to its affirmative action obligations under the Rehabilitation Act. Federal agency reports must also include a plan that sets forth steps it will take to correct deficiencies or further improve efforts undertaken pursuant to MD-715.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office is responsible for submitting the Agency’s MD-715 Report to the EEOC. Each DTRA official, manager, and supervisor is responsible for implementing the action items outlined in the MD-715 Report to ensure DTRA meets the MD-715 requirements.

If you have any questions about the AEP Program, please email: or call 703-767-4451.