The EEOC released its Annual Report on the Federal Workforce for Fiscal Year 2007 (period October 2006 to September 2007). For those employers who may be benchmarking against the federal government, it seems to me that the government performs at a level that the EEOC would never accept from other employers. Here is a sampling of report’s findings:
· The federal government employs almost 2.6 million workers of which 56.8% are men and 43.2% are women.
· The federal workforce’s demographic composition is 7.8% Hispanic or Latino; 65.8% White; 18.4% Black or African American; 6% Asian; 0.2% Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander, 1.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native; and 0.2% reported 2 or more races.
· Hispanic or Latinos, Whites, women and persons of Two or More Races remained below their overall availability in the national civilian labor force, as reported in the 2000 census (CLF). Black or African Americans, Asians, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders, American Indian/Alaska Natives and men remained above their overall availability in the CLF.
· Federal employees and applicants filed 16,363 complaints alleging discrimination.
· Unlawful discrimination was found in 2.8% of the 7,673 cases that were closed on the merits.
· 85% of federal agencies provided their EEO staff with required training.
· 58% of federal agencies have an Anti-Harassment Policy.
The good news is that the government is evaluating its EEO performance and publishing the results.