The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Permanent Workforce: 17,379 Temporary Workforce: 1,197 Total Workforce: 18,576

Workforce Composition

Employee Pool Total # Men Women Hispanics Whites Blacks Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders American Indians / Alaskan Natives
Permanent Workforce 17,379 49.84% 50.16% 4.92% 70.23% 18.4% 5.56% 0.81%
Major Occupations                
Environmental Protection Spec. 2,870 41.01% 58.99% 4.04% 73.62% 16.2% 4.46% 1.67%
General Physical Science 2,255 62.48% 37.52% 4.52% 82.62% 7.14% 4.88% 0.84%
Environmental Engineering 2,011 70.06% 29.94% 7.11% 73.84% 7.86% 10.74% 0.45%
GS-14 and GS-15* 5,152 59.49% 40.51% 3.86% 80.9% 10.38% 4.31% 0.54%
Senior Pay Level* 326 64.73% 35.27% 3.98% 86.5% 6.74% 2.76% 0%
First-Level Officials/Managers 1 100% 0% 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Mid-Level Officials/Managers 560 60.89% 39.11% 4.11% 80% 10.71% 4.46% 0.71%
Senior Level Officials/Managers 1,371 61.05% 38.95% 4.23% 83.3% 9.19% 2.77% 0.51%

*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 EPA, employees with targeted disabilities represented 0.84% of the total workforce.

EEO Complaint Processing

  1. Counseling

    There were 125 instances of pre-complaint counseling (performed by EEO counselors and/or ADR intake officers). EPA timely processed 75.4% of the total number of counselings. Following counseling, 71 formal complaints of discrimination were filed.

  2. Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Of EPA's 125 instances of counseling, ADR was offered 100% of the time; the parties elected to participate in 3.2% of the completed counselings; but none were resolved through settlements or withdrawals.

    At the formal complaint phase, EPA offered ADR 30.5% of the time; the parties elected to participate in 0.4% of the complaint workload, but none of those were resolved through settlements or withdrawals.

  3. Processing Times

    EPA completed 78% of its investigations within the regulatory time frames, with an average processing time of 305 days for all investigations. 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.

    EPA's average processing time for all complaint closures increased from 681 days in FY 2003 to 738 days in FY 2004. The government-wide average was 469 days.

  4. Pending Inventory

    EPA had a total of 146 complaints pending at the end of FY 2004, with 7 pending acknowledgment for an average of 44 days; 45 pending investigation for an average of 170 days; and 38 pending the issuance of final decisions for an average of 733 days.

  5. Costs

    EPA reported no monetary awards for the 2 counseling settlements with benefits achieved.

    EPA agreed to pay a total of $271,351 for 11 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 $24,668.

    EPA expended a total of $58,338 for 63 complaint investigations, for an average expenditure of $926.

Outcome of Counselings Completed in FY 2004

Counseling Outcomes Completed by EEO Counselor Completed Using ADR All Completed Counselings
# % # % # %
Total Instances of Counseling: 123   2   125  
Settlements 2 1.62% 0 0% 2 1.60%
Withdrawal/no Complaint Filed 52 42.2% 0 0% 52 41.60%
Complaints Filed*         71 56.80%
Decision to File Complaint Pending at End of Fiscal Year         0 0.00%

*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 125 125 100.00% 18 14.00%
FY 2004 Pre-Complaint Counselings 125 125 100.00% 4 3.20%
Percentage Change FY 2003 to FY 2004 0.00% 0.00%   -77.77%  
FY 2003 Complaints* 249 9 4.00% 9 4.00%
FY 2004 Complaints* 239 73 30.54% 1 0.42%
Percentage Change FY 2003 to FY 2004 -4.01% 711.11%   -88.88%  

*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) 122 92 75.40%      
All Investigations 63 49 77.77% 318 305 -4.08%
Merit Decisions (no AJ) 31 15 48.39% 872 790 -9.40%
Dismissal Decisions 23     295 588 99.32%

*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 (93) # % # % # % # %
Settlements 11 11.82%            
Withdrawals 7 7.52%            
Dismissals 23 24.73%            
Merit Decisions 52 55.91%            
Finding Discrimination 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
Finding No Discrimination 52 100.00% 31 59.61% 21 40.38% 0 0.00%


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