Office of Equal Employment Opportunity

FMCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity is primarily responsible for enforcing laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination based on race, gender, religion, age, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, and reprisal.

FMCS encourages applications from persons with disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. Persons with disabilities who require assistive technology (such as a Braille reader, a large print, or TTY) to access information about our services should email us at or write to us at:  FMCS Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, 250 E Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20427.

Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity


EEO Director Denise McKenney

Denise Patterson McKenney

Denise Patterson McKenney serves as a Commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in the Office of ADR and International Dispute Resolution. As a collateral duty, she also serves as the Agency’s Director of Equal Employment Opportunity. Her areas of expertise include mediation of collective bargaining agreements between unions and management, workplace employment disputes; training design/delivery, conflict coaching and systems design. Ms. McKenney has also served as an experienced facilitator for area labor- management committees. Her international experience includes travelling to Germany and Japan to train chaplains of the United States Air Force. She has trained labor attaches in Panama and Hungary. Ms. McKenney has also served as an instructor in Thailand for the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University and has provided training and consultative services to labor-management dispute practitioners in Haiti.

Ms. McKenney has 30 years of government service to her credit, and is actively involved in educational and training organizations such as the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the Training Officers Conference (TOC), the American Society for Curriculum Development (ASCD), and the Howard University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Her community involvement includes serving on the Workforce Development Committee for the Potomac Job Corps Center in Washington, D.C., the BRAVA Board for the performing arts in Bowie, MD and serving as a facilitator of race relations for Prince George’s County, MD. Her publications   include “Labor-Management Partnership: A 12 Step Program for Change” published in the American Bar Association’s Deskbook for ADR Practitioners.

Ms. McKenney is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication. She holds a Master of Science in Instructional Systems Technology and is a graduate of the Training and Development Program at Georgetown University. She also serves as a mediator for the D.C. Superior Court’s Multi-Door Mediation Program. A former college instructor, Ms. McKenney brings an interactive approach to training and believes that learning can be fun; and that learning is a life-long activity.