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FEED Meeting September 13, 2021

Implementing Executive Order (EO) 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce

Monday, September 13, 2021 
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET


Executive Order (EO) 14035 lays out a wide-reaching and comprehensive plan for increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Government. Bobby Silverstein, Principal at Powers Pyles Sutter and Verville, PC and an EARN consultant, led a discussion about implementation of the EO and what that will mean for federal agencies. FEED members shared their questions, ideas and insights as they plan to respond to agency responsibilities outlined in the EO. 


Introduction (1:00-1:05 p.m.) 

  • Akinyemi Banjo, Policy Advisor, Employer and Workplace Policy, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Department of Labor

Welcoming Remarks (1:05-1:10 p.m.) 

  • Taryn Williams, Assistant Secretary, ODEP, Department of Labor

Discussion: Strategies for Implementing EO 14035 (1:10-2:45 p.m.) 

  • Bobby Silverstein, Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter and Verville, PC, EARN Consultant

Expanding the Workforce Recruitment Program (2:45-2:55 p.m.) 

  • Lauren Karas, Business Development Specialist/Co-Director of the WRP, ODEP, Department of Labor

Closing Remarks (2:55-3:00 p.m.) 

  • Lou Orslene, Director, Employer and Workplace Policy, ODEP, Department of Labor