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​Diversity & Inclusion

 

Diversity is one of FHFA's four values. We promote diversity in our employment and business practices and those of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Bank System.

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace, within a board of directors and among an institution's suppliers is a relative concept, periodically measured against availability of talent in the market place.  As a strategic goal, achieving measures of diversity and inclusion are imperative to success in all businesses and institutions in the private and public sectors.  At FHFA, diversity among its workforce and among its vendors is also a compliance requirement under new federal statutes.  Furthermore, accomplishing diverse and inclusive conditions within FHFA is also a key engineering strategy that produces effective, fair and sound policies guiding housing finance for the American people. 

In recent years, FHFA has demonstrated steady progress in building a workforce and a community of vendors from among diverse contributors and leaders.  The demographics of its workforce compares favorably with the federal workforce and with the private sector in financial services and related fields.

 

Annual Report

Read our latest report (2013) Annual Congressional Office of Minority, Women and Inclusion report.
 

Recognizing the Need

FHFA's OMWI was formed as the result of section 1116 of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 that requires the establishment of an office to promote diversity in all activities at every level of the organization, including employment, management, and contracting.  In addition, section 342 of The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (PDF) establishes all the functions of OMWI for most federal financial regulators.

Altogether, FHFA's OMWI is responsible for carrying out the obligations of: Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act; section 1116 of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act; the rules and regulations of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Office of Federal Programs; Executive Order 13583 and other executive orders governing federal agencies' diversity and inclusion programs; and offers Alternate Dispute Resolution services for conflicts internal to the FHFA related and unrelated to EEO concerns and complaints.
 

Working to Make Diversity & Inclusion a Reality

Pursuant to section 1116, FHFA has an office specifically dedicated to regulatory supervision of the diversity and inclusion programs of its regulated entities including board of directors' diversity as well as workforce and supplier diversity.  The Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) reports to the Director of the FHFA and provides advice and counsel to the Director related to EEO compliance, a division of the OMWI.  The OMWI also serves as an advisor to the Director on FHFA's workforce and procurement programs. OMWI develops policies, processes and strategies in all of the work it performs on behalf of the American public and pursuant to the laws that created it.  It also executes the polices and rules of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to bring  FHFA into compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws and protects against work place discrimination on behalf of FHFA colleagues who work in Washington, D.C. and in other towns and cities across the U.S.

In both of these domains, the OMWI team collaborates with FHFA colleagues, and taps research with academic institutions, and among corporate research data bases. OMWI benchmarks and studies models of diversity programming among state, local and federal regulators and Congress and considers the views of community groups and stakeholders devoted to advancing efficient and effective diversity and inclusion strategies.
 

Ensuring All Are Included

FHFA specifically aims to include minorities, women, service-disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities in job and business opportunities created as a part of the federal government's efforts to reform and strengthen the banking system and the financial services industry.

If you are interested providing goods or services visit our Doing Business with FHFA page.

If you are interested in working with us visit our Careers page.
 

How We Do This

FHFA achieves its purpose by establishing and implementing policies, procedures, incentives and programs to increase hiring, promotion, and procurement opportunities within the agency and within the financial institutions that it regulates:  Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks.

 

FHFA Diversity & Inclusion Staff

Sharron Levine, Director

Brian Guy, Manager of EEO Services 
Rita Bhanot, EEO Services Specialist
Eric Howard, Strategic Consultant for Diversity & Inclusion
Gwendolyn Jones, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
Geenae R. Rivera Soto, Program Analyst for D&I Regulatory Policy and Procedures
Marisa Harper, Program Specialist for D&I Regulatory Policy and Procedures
 

Contact Information

OMWI: (202) 649-3806, OMWIinfo@fhfa.gov

EEO: (202) 649-3816, EEOServices@fhfa.gov

EEO Counseling: (202) 338-1468, office@susangrimes.com

 

Read our EEO Policy Statement and No FEAR Act Notice

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