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C. Services Provided by the
Office of Research, Information and Planning
Program Research and Surveys Division

The Program Research and Surveys Division of the Office of Research, Information and Planning (ORIP) fulfills the following functions: it administers the Equal Employment Opportunity Survey (EEO-1 through EEO-6) program; it disseminates data collected in these workforce surveys (described below) to Commission officials at headquarters and in the field, to Congress, to FEPA agencies, and to the public; it provides analytic support for investigations, which involves assisting investigators in obtaining computerized personnel files, constructing large analytic databases, and developing statistical evidence; it conducts research and studies; and it serves as a statistical research source for other areas of the Commission.

ORIP's analytic support for investigations runs the gamut of technical support necessary to conduct a class investigation.

1. Provision of Workforce Data

Nearly every employer in the United States with 100 or more employees is required to file an Equal Employment Survey with the Commission. Private employers file an EEO-1, referral unions file an EEO-3, state and local governments file an EEO-4, elementary and secondary level school districts file an EEO-5, and institutions of higher education currently file an IPEDS report with the Department of Education, which serves as EEOC's EEO-6 report. Therefore a report describing the workforce of any large employer is available upon request.

Aggregate statistics or availability data can be obtained from ORIP through a summary of any of the reports mentioned above or through the 2000 Census data. All of this data (the EEO-1 through EEO-6 and the Census data) are available for various labor market parameters, including job categories and geographic area. ORIP will prepare special computer-generated reports upon request. Additionally, a great deal of this data is aggregated by various labor market characteristics and published annually for private employers and biennially for state and local governments in EEOC's Job Patterns books. ORIP also provides technical assistance in assessing EEO-1 data using the EEO-1 Desktop application.

2. Assessment of Targets

ORIP will assist field offices in comparing an employer's profile to aggregated data. This helps predict the possible impact of potential Commissioner Charges, directed age investigations, and charges being considered for expansion to a class investigation. Assistance includes determining appropriate labor markets and applying appropriate statistical tests.

3. Development of Requests for Information

ORIP is available to assist in framing initial requests for workforce information stored on computer systems, and interpreting those responses. ORIP relies on existing Commission guidance in adopting a multi-step approach that first requests a description of the respondent's computer system and then requests specific computerized data. ORIP will recommend language for the initial request, will provide detailed assistance in interpreting the system description, and will assist in drafting the request for the actual information.

4. Construction of Analytic Databases

Class investigations most often involve large employers. A large workforce necessitates the use of complex computerized personnel files. ORIP will convert the data from its raw form or widely used software to databases that can be readily organized, summarized, and analyzed.

5. Data Analysis

ORIP will develop descriptive and inferential statistics that can serve to bolster the evidence developed in an investigation. The statistics range from simple displays of data, calculation of means, and construction of frequency distributions to the conduct of statistical significance tests including regression analyses.

ORIP attempts to provide services in a manner most compatible with the needs and resources of the field office. Any number of approaches can be developed. For example, ORIP can provide independent analysis of specified issues. At the other extreme, ORIP can provide very detailed on-the-job training to enable investigators to independently develop statistical evidence in the future. Inquiries and requests can be directed to Ron Edwards, Director, Program Research and Surveys Division, at (202) 663-4949.

6. Web Resources

Title Description and Web Address
EEO-1 Survey Information on filing EEO-1 report for current year on EEOCís Web site. http://www.eeoc.gov/eeo1survey/index.html
Standard Form 100 Instruction Booklet Instructions for filling out EEO-1 Report on EEOCís Web site. http://www.eeoc.gov/eeo1survey/2007instruct.html
Job Patterns for Minorities and Women in Private Industry Several years of data for private employers from EEO-1 reports in aggregated format for major geographic areas and by industry group on EEOC's Web site. http://www.eeoc.gov/stats/jobpat/jobpat.html
Job Patterns for Minorities and Women in State and Local Governments Several years of data for private employers from EEO-4 reports from 2005 are summarized in aggregated format for States and by job category on EEOC's Web site. http://www.eeoc.gov/stats/jobpat_eeo4/index.html
Special Reports A number of special reports that utilize and supplement EEO-1 and other data to examine various equal employment opportunity issues. Studies include "Diversity in Law Firms" and "High End Department Stores, Their Access to and Use of Diverse Labor Markets." http://www.eeoc.gov/stats/reports/index.html