ISB Inclusion and Diversity Initiative

A diverse workforce helps raise awareness of cultural worldview and attitudes towards cultural differences. NPS photo of employees grouped outside a building at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
A diverse workforce helps raise awareness of cultural worldview and attitudes towards cultural differences.

NPS photo taken at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

ISB Inclusion and Diversity Initiative


The Deputy Chief of the Investigative Services Branch (ISB) began developing a program in 2015 to meet objectives set forth in President Obama’s Executive Order 13583 (Establishing a Coordinated Government-Wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce), the Department of Interior (DOI) Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, and the NPS Director's Call to Action 36 (Value Diversity).

Action 36, Value Diversity, falls under the umbrella of enhancing professional and organizational excellence and, in part, directs programs to “develop a workforce that values diversity and an inclusive work environment so that we can recruit and retain diverse employees and respond to the needs of the American public.”

The ISB Inclusion and Diversity Initiative strives to provide coordinated outreach and recruitment strategies to maximize ISB's ability to recruit from a diverse and broad spectrum of potential applicants. It also helps enable managers to draw from all segments of the workforce.

ISB is applying this initiative by providing advanced training opportunities to diversity candidates. These opportunities are in addition to our already-established ISB Detailer Program. The program may include training activities such as formal mentorship, extended training assignments, and establishing other partnerships aimed at providing opportunities to diverse candidates.

The target audience includes law enforcement officers of the US Park Ranger ranks and the United States Park Police. The first participants joined the ISB team in the Atlantic Field Office and the Southwest Field Office for several months in 2016.

A diverse workforce helps raise awareness of cultural worldview and attitudes towards cultural differences. It also improves knowledge and understanding of different cultural practices and perspectives, and builds cross-cultural skills that help strengthen the Investigative Services Branch.

Last updated: September 30, 2017