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For more information regarding No FEAR Training, please contact us at nofear@ablenconsulting.com

On August 23, 2006, Mr. Alfred A. Corea, Director, NOAA Civil Rights Office authorized ABLEN Consulting to conduct No FEAR Act Training NOAA-wide. No FEAR, an acronym for Notification and Federal Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002, training also satisfies the NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 215-101 requirement for periodically updating the equal employment opportunity (EEO) training of managers and supervisors.

Background: On July 20, 2006, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued its final rule implementing the Notification and Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No FEAR) training requirements. It requires all Federal agencies to provide training to employees on their rights and remedies under antidiscrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower protection laws. Further the final rule states that agencies must: (1) train all current employees by December 17, 2006; (2) train all new employees within 90 days of hire; and (3) provide refresher training to all employees every two years.

Primarily, the Act requires that Federal agencies be accountable for violations of antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection laws, and that each Federal agency post on its public web site certain statistical data relating to Federal sector equal employment opportunity (EEO) complaints filed with the agency. The data is intended to assist Congress, Federal agencies and the public in assessing whether, and the extent to which, agencies are living up to the EEO responsibilities.

The ABLEN Consulting program is designed to educate members of the Federal workforce on the Notification And Federal Employee Antidiscrimination And Retaliation Act of 2002 (No FEAR Act), P.L. 107-174 signed into law by President George W. Bush on May 15, 2002. Participants will focus on conduct and behavior that may constitute unlawful employment discrimination, whistleblowing retaliation, or prohibited personnel practices in the Federal workplace that violate the No FEAR Act, as well as understand rights and remedies applicable under these laws.


· Learn to recognize and identify conduct and behavior that may cause discriminatory or retaliatory acts prohibited by the law;
· Learn to understand and identify the administrative processes for resolving complaints using the EEO or whistleblower complaint systems or agency grievance processes;
· Understand the reporting requirements under the law and its relationship to other Federal laws protecting employee civil and security rights; and
· Understand ways to responsibly use agency processes for addressing No FEAR matters

LENGTH: 4 Hours, Discrete Topic No FEAR Training course. Expanded sessions available providing more interaction among participants.*

TARGETED AUDIENCE: Sessions tailored for management and non-management staff or could be delivered in a combined group. Workforce management/human resources staff, EEO and special emphasis program managers.

* Policy issues focus: Each level will have relevant information incorporated into their case studies and course materials. Lecture information will also be directed to each level.

a) Executive/Senior Managers – roles; consequences; image/behavior; bottom line
b) Mid Level Managers/Supervisors – implementation; roles and responsibilities; process/procedures, consequences, production, quality, safety
c) Employees – information, responsibilities, consequences


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