Philemon Rheins is an Equal Opportunity Specialist on the Equal Opportunity Staff (EOS). Mr. Rheins is responsible for the administration, planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the overall NIFA Equal Opportunity Programs, and providing operational accountability and compliance assurances for the Agency. As such, he participates in the EEO/Civil Rights (CR) Compliance Reviews conducted by the EOS staff and the Department’s Office of Civil Rights. Mr. Rheins also provides EEO/CR consulting support and diversity and inclusion training, as needed, to land-grant partners and other institutional recipients. He also serves as NIFA’s Veterans Special Emphasis Program Manager.