The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

U.S. Department of the Air Force (USAF)

Permanent Workforce: 140,907 Temporary Workforce: 9,121 Total Workforce: 150,032

Workforce Composition

Employee Pool Total # Men Women Hispanics Whites Blacks Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders American Indians / Alaskan Natives
Permanent Workforce 140,907 67.62% 32.38% 7.53% 76.62% 11.12% 3.58% 1.14%
Major Occupations                
Electrical Engineering 233 90.56% 9.44% 5.15% 76.82% 5.58% 12.45% 0%
Management & Program Analysis 3,983 46.15% 53.85% 5.17% 81.17% 9.99% 2.21% 1.43%
General Engineering 2,010 90.65% 9.35% 5.37% 84.68% 3.53% 5.67% 0.75%
GS-14 and GS-15* 5,998 80.34% 19.66% 3.1% 89.9% 4.07% 2.4% 0.53%
Senior Pay Level* 230 83.04% 16.96% 0.87% 93.04% 1.74% 3.04% 1.3%
First-Level Officials/Managers 9,471 64.41% 35.59% 6.09% 79.33% 11% 2.78% 0.8%
Mid-Level Officials/Managers 8,208 73.45% 26.55% 3.79% 86.92% 6.09% 2.41% 0.79%
Senior Level Officials/Managers 1,480 80.81% 19.19% 2.43% 92.84% 3.18% 1.08% 0.47%

*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 USAF, employees with targeted disabilities represented 0.8% of the total workforce.

EEO Complaint Processing

  1. Counseling

    There were 1,652 instances of pre-complaint counseling (performed by EEO counselors and/or ADR intake officers). USAF timely processed 77.4% of the total number of counselings. Following counseling, 669 formal complaints of discrimination were filed.

  2. Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Of USAF's 1,652 instances of counseling, ADR was offered 68.6% of the time; the parties elected to participate in 31.4% of the completed counselings; and 67.5% of the ADR closures were resolved through settlements or withdrawals.

    At the formal complaint phase, USAF offered ADR 25% of the time; the parties elected to participate in 14.6% of the complaint workload; and 75.3% of the ADR closures were resolved through settlements or withdrawals.

  3. Processing Times

    USAF completed 27% of its investigations within the regulatory time frames, with an average processing time

    of 247 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.

    USAF's average processing time for all complaint closures decreased from 440 days in FY 2003 to 392 days in FY 2004. The government-wide average was 469 days.

  4. Pending Inventory

    USAF had a total of 682 complaints pending at the end of FY 2004, with 81 pending acknowledgment for an average of 377 days; 235 pending investigation for an average of 178 days; and 197 pending the issuance of final decisions for an average of 486 days.

  5. Costs

    USAF agreed to pay $238,889 for 361 counseling settlements with benefits, an average $661.74 per counseling settled.

    USAF agreed to pay a total of $955,343 for 211 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 $4,527.

    USAF expended a total of $63,699 for 257 complaint investigations, for an average expenditure of $248.

Outcome of Counselings Completed in FY 2004

Counseling Outcomes Completed by EEO Counselor Completed Using ADR All Completed Counselings
# % # % # %
Total Instances of Counseling: 1,064   588   1,652  
Settlements 62 5.82% 299 50.85% 361 21.85%
Withdrawal/no Complaint Filed 488 45.8% 98 16.6% 586 35.47%
Complaints Filed*         679 41.10%
Decision to File Complaint Pending at End of Fiscal Year         26 1.57%

*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 1,748 1,085 62.00% 509 29.00%
FY 2004 Pre-Complaint Counselings 1,652 1,134 68.64% 519 31.42%
Percentage Change FY 2003 to FY 2004 -5.49% 4.51%   1.96%  
FY 2003 Complaints* 1,297 589 45.00% 147 11.00%
FY 2004 Complaints* 1,399 349 24.95% 204 14.58%
Percentage Change FY 2003 to FY 2004 7.86% -40.74%   38.77%  

*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) 1,644 1,272 77.37%      
All Investigations 257 70 27.23% 205 247 20.48%
Merit Decisions (no AJ) 161 45 27.95% 602 582 -3.32%
Dismissal Decisions 137     136 109 -19.85%

*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 (703) # % # % # % # %
Settlements 205 29.16%            
Withdrawals 91 12.94%            
Dismissals 137 19.48%            
Merit Decisions 270 38.40%            
Finding Discrimination 10 3.70% 3 30.00% 4 40.00% 3 30.00%
Finding No Discrimination 260 96.29% 158 60.76% 99 38.07% 3 1.15%


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