The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Permanent Workforce: 88,697 Temporary Workforce: 20,647 Total Workforce: 109,344

Work Force Composition

Employee Pool Total # Men Women Hispanics Whites Blacks Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders American Indians/ Alaskan Natives Individuals with Targeted Disabilities
Permanent Work Force 88,697 56.64% 43.36% 5.78% 78.55% 10.76% 2.56% 2.35% 1.00%
Major Occupations:
Soil Conservation 4,495 74.39% 25.61% 3.94% 85.34% 7.01% 1.05% 2.67% 0.67%
General Business and Industry 4,257 16.02% 83.98% 5.97% 78.01% 12.61% 1.34% 2.07% 0.89%
Loan Specialist 4,172 53.36% 46.64% 5.25% 84.11% 7.69% 1.25% 1.70% 0.74%
GS-14 and GS-15* 6,138 70.66% 29.34% 3.42% 82.21% 9.03% 4.33% 1.01% 0.59%
Senior Pay Level* 467 75.80% 24.20% 3.21% 82.01% 10.06% 3.85% 0.86% 0.21%
First-Level Officials/Managers 6,097 75.77% 24.23% 6.27% 81.48% 5.64% 3.02% 3.59% 0.44%
Mid-Level Officials/Managers 4,776 70.27% 29.73% 4.86% 81.30% 9.25% 3.06% 1.53% 0.57%
Senior-Level Officials/Managers 1,694 75.44% 24.56% 3.60% 84.53% 8.38% 2.60% 0.89% 0.41%
Unclassified Managers 189 84.66% 15.34% 4.23% 87.83% 6.35% 1.06% 0.53% 0.00%

*Does not include pay-banded employees

EEO Complaint Processing

  1. Counseling

    Of the 1,239 pre-complaint counselings (without remands) completed in FY 2005, USDA timely processed 46.1%.

  2. Issues and Bases of Complaints Filed

    Of the 628 complaints filed at USDA, the top 3 issues of alleged discrimination were: (1) Harassment - Non-Sexual; (2) Promotion/Non-Selection; and (3) Assignment of Duties.  The top 3 bases of alleged discrimination were: (1) Reprisal; (2) Age; and (3) Race - Black.

  3. Complaint Processing Times

    USDA's average time for completing an investigation was 246 days.  The government-wide average was 237 days in FY 2005.

    USDA's average processing time for all complaint closures decreased from 815 days in FY 2004 to 703 days in FY 2005.  The government-wide average was 411 days.

  4. Pending Inventory

    USDA had a total of 1,395 complaints pending at the end of FY 2005, with 198 pending acknowledgment; 239 pending investigation for an average of 296 days; and 458 pending the issuance of final decisions for an average of 831 days.

  5. Costs

    USDA agreed to pay $141,788 for 129 pre-complaint settlements, of which 29 were monetary settlements averaging $4,889.  USDA expended a total of $1,271,867 for 502 complaint investigations, for an average expenditure of $2,534.

    USDA agreed to pay a total of $5,081,582 for 223 complaint closures through settlement agreement, final agency decisions, and final agency orders fully implementing AJ decisions.  For complaint closures with benefits, the average award was $22,787.

Outcome of Counselings Completed in FY 2005

Counseling Outcomes Completed by EEO Counselor Completed Using ADR All Completed Counselings
# % # % # %
Pre-Complaint Counselings: 852 387 1,239
Settlements 72 8.5% 57 14.7% 129 10.4%
No Complaints Filed 469 55% 28 7.2% 497 40.1%
Complaints Filed* 563 45.4%
Decision to File Complaint Pending at End of Fiscal Year 50 4%

*Includes only complaints filed in FY 2005 where counseling was also completed during FY 2005.

Agency Use of ADR for EEO Dispute Resolution

Counselings / Complaints

ADR Offers*

ADR Participation*
# # % # %
FY 2004 Completed/Ended Counselings 1,234 1,013 82.1% 375 30.4%
FY 2005 Completed/Ended Counselings 1,239 788 63.6% 372 30%
Percentage Change from FY 2004 to FY 2005 0.4% -22.2% -0.8%
FY 2004 Complaint Workload ** 2,590 274 10.6% 96 3.7%
FY 2005 Complaint Workload ** 1,970 65 3.3% 30 1.5%
Percentage Change from FY 2004 to FY 2005 -23.9% -76.3% -68.8%

*Using newly collected data, EEOC revised the formula for calculating the ADR offer and participation rates in FYs 2004-2005.

**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 2004 APD* FY 2005 APD % Change
All Completed/Ended Counselings (minus remands) 1,239 571 46.1%
All Investigations 502 239 47.6% 364.2 245.9 -32.5%
All Complaint Closures 575 814.5 703.2 -13.7%
Merit Decisions (no AJ) 95 12 12.6% 1,093.9 736.2 -32.7%
Dismissal Decisions (no AJ) 47 326.7 394.13 20.6%

*APD = Average Processing Days

Outcomes of Complaints in FY 2005

Complaint Outcomes Complaint Closures Final Agency Decision (no AJ decision) Final Order (AJ Decision Fully Implemented) Final Order (AJ Decision Not Fully Implemented)
# % # % # % # %
Total Complaints Filed 628
Total Closures 575
Settlements 214 37.2%
Withdrawals 61 10.6%
Total Final Agency Actions 300 52.2% 142 47.3% 158 52.7% 0 0%
Dismissals 123 41% 47 38.2% 76 61.8% 0 0%
Merit Decisions 177 59% 95 53.7% 82 46.3% 0 0%
Finding Discrimination 9 5.1% 1 11.1% 8 88.9% 0 0%
Finding No Discrimination 168 94.9% 94 56% 74 44% 0 0%


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