Employee News & Stories
During February, the nation pauses to celebrate and reflect on the contributions of African Americans. African Americans have played, and continue to play, a major role in the artistic evolution of America. Drawing from personal experience, family history and folklore, African Americans have used music, song, poetry, dance and other forms of creative expression to influence and inspire artists from all ethnicities and nationalities. Many contributions of these great artists often went unrecognized and unappreciated for generations. Fortunately, admiration and respect for their work has grown.
Every October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is celebrated by honoring the past and present contributions of individuals with disabilities as well as inclusive laws, policies, and practices that preserve the rights of those with disabilities. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by federal agencies, in programs receiving federal financial assistance, in federal employment and in the employment practices of federal contractors.
Program Analyst Cedric “Ced” Hardy proudly retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving for 20 years. He followed his military service with a 20-year executive career in the private sector. Hardy’s “third act” began in October 2020 with FSIS’ Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA).
From Sept. 20-22, FSIS staff represented the agency at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 52nd Annual Legislative Conference — a major policy conference on issues affecting African Americans and the global Black community. Its theme this year was “Securing Our Democracy. Protecting Our Freedoms. Uplifting Our Culture.”