The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Office of the Secretary of Defense (DEFSEC)

Permanent Workforce: 1,325 Temporary Workforce: 236 Total Workforce: 1,565

Workforce Composition

Employee Pool Total # Men Women Hispanics Whites Blacks Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders American Indians / Alaskan Natives
Permanent Workforce 1,325 62.88% 37.12% 1.47% 84.92% 10.22% 3.07% 0.32%
Major Occupations                
Misc. Administration & Program 473 67.86% 32.14% 1.9% 88.79% 7.82% 1.27% 0.21%
Management & Program Analysis 198 53.54% 46.46% 1.01% 85.86% 9.09% 4.04% 0%
GS-14 and GS-15* 820 67.56% 32.44% 1.34% 90% 5.24% 3.17% 0.12%
Senior Pay Level* 307 78.18% 21.82% 0.98% 94.79% 1.95% 1.3% 0.98%
First-Level Officials/Managers 4 25% 75% 0% 75% 25% 0% 0%
Mid-Level Officials/Managers 35 57.14% 42.86% 0% 85.71% 11.43% 2.86% 0%
Senior Level Officials/Managers 716 74.3% 25.7% 0.98% 92.18% 3.49% 3.07% 0.28%

*Does not include pay-banded employees

Targeted Disabilities

Employees with targeted disabilities represented 0.99% of the total government workforce in FY 2004, and of agencies with a permanent workforce of 500 or more, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, at 2.23%, had the highest percentage of employees with targeted disabilities. At DEFSEC, employees with targeted disabilities represented 0.84% of the total workforce.

EEO Complaint Processing

  1. Counseling

    There were 49 instances of pre-complaint counseling (performed by EEO counselors and/or ADR intake officers). DEFSEC timely processed 62.5% of the total number of counselings. Following counseling, 34 formal complaints of discrimination were filed.

  2. Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Of DEFSEC's 49 instances of counseling, ADR was offered 100% of the time; the parties elected to participate in 2% of the completed counselings; and 100% of the ADR closures were resolved through settlements or withdrawals.

    At the formal complaint phase, DEFSEC offered ADR 8.1% of the time; the parties elected to participate in 4% of the complaint workload; and 66.7% of the ADR closures were resolved through settlement/ withdrawals.

  3. Processing Times

    DEFSEC completed none of its investigations within the regulatory time frames, with an average processing time

    of 364 days for all investigation. In most instances, the regulations require completion of investigations within 180 days. Of the agencies completing 25 or more investigations, the Tennessee Valley Authority was the only agency to complete 100% of their investigations within the regulatory time frames, with an average processing time of 117 days.

    DEFSEC's average processing time for all complaint closures decreased from 790 days in FY 2003 to 606 days in FY 2004. The government-wide average was 469 days.

  4. Pending Inventory

    DEFSEC had a total of 45 complaints pending at the end of FY 2004, with 9 pending acknowledgment for an average of 31 days; 12 pending investigation for an average of 209 days; and 8 pending the issuance of final decisions for an average of 904 days.

  5. Costs

    DEFSEC provided no monetary award for the 2 counseling settlements with benefits that were achieved.

    DEFSEC agreed to pay a total of $15,500 for 6 complaint closures through settlement agreement, final agency decision, and final agency orders fully implementing AJ decisions. For complaint closures with benefits, the average award (including back/front pay, compensatory damages, attorney's fees, and lump sum payments) was $2,583.

    DEFSEC expended a total of $2,250 for 9 complaint investigations, for an average expenditure of $250.

Outcome of Counselings Completed in FY 2004

Counseling Outcomes Completed by EEO Counselor Completed Using ADR All Completed Counselings
# % # % # %
Total Instances of Counseling: 48   1   49  
Settlements 1 2.08% 1 100.00% 2 4.08%
Withdrawal/no Complaint Filed 12 25% 0 0% 12 24.48%
Complaints Filed*         33 67.34%
Decision to File Complaint Pending at End of Fiscal Year         2 4.08%

*Includes only complaints filed in FY 2004 where counseling was also completed during FY 2004.

Agency Use of ADR for EEO Dispute Resolution

Counselings / Complaints ADR Offers ADR Participation
# # % # %
FY 2003 Pre-Complaint Counselings 34 16 47.00% 7 21.00%
FY 2004 Pre-Complaint Counselings 49 55 100.00% 1 2.04%
Percentage Change FY 2003 to FY 2004 44.11% 243.75%   -85.71%  
FY 2003 Complaints* 67 7 10.00% 5 7.00%
FY 2004 Complaints* 74 6 8.11% 3 4.05%
Percentage Change FY 2003 to FY 2004 10.44% -14.28%   -40.00%  

*Includes all complaints filed in the fiscal year, including those where the counseling was completed in the prior fiscal year.

Timeliness

Total # # Timely % Timely FY 2003 APD* FY 2004 APD % Change
All Counselings (minus remands) 48 30 62.50%      
All Investigations 9 0 0.00% 399 364 -8.77%
Merit Decisions (no AJ) 4 0 0.00% 897 910 1.44%
Dismissal Decisions 8     112 92 -17.85%

*APD = Average Processing Days

Outcomes of Complaints Closed in FY 2004

Complaint Outcomes Complaint Closures Final Agency Decision (no AJ decision) Final Order (AJ Decision Fully Implemented) Final Order (AJ Decision Not Fully Implemented)
Total Closures (29) # % # % # % # %
Settlements 6 20.68%            
Withdrawals 2 6.89%            
Dismissals 8 27.58%            
Merit Decisions 13 44.82%            
Finding Discrimination 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
Finding No Discrimination 13 100.00% 4 30.76% 9 69.23% 0 0.00%


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