The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Permanent Workforce:16,875 Temporary Workforce:1,372 Total Workforce: 18,247

Workforce Composition


Total #

Men

Women

Hispanic
or
Latino

White

Black
or
African American

Asian
Native Hawaiian/
Other Pacific Islander
American Indian/ Alaska Native Two or More Races Individuals with Targeted Disabilities
Permanent Workforce 16,875 48.17% 51.83% 5.18% 69.11% 18.62% 6.09% 0.07% 0.79% 0.14% 1.10%
Major Occupations:
Environmental Protection Specialist 2,725 39.89% 60.11% 4.33% 72.70% 16.81% 4.66% 0.04% 1.36% 0.11% 1.28%
General Physical Science 2,414 60.19% 39.81% 4.93% 81.23% 7.62% 5.34% 0.04% 0.70% 0.12% 0.33%
Environmental Engineering 1,910 67.59% 32.41% 7.85% 71.83% 8.22% 11.57% 0.00% 0.37% 0.16% 0.42%
GS-14 and GS-15* 5,248 57.20% 42.80% 4.00% 79.57% 11.09% 4.78% 0.02% 0.51% 0.02% 0.50%
Senior Pay Level* 26 57.69% 42.31% 7.69% 46.15% 46.15% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
SES 279 62.37% 37.63% 4.66% 12.19% 8.60% 2.51% 0.00% 0.36% 0.00% 0.00%
First-Level Officials/ Managers 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Mid-Level Officials/ Managers 565 58.41% 41.59% 3.72% 78.41% 12.04% 4.78% 0.00% 0.88% 0.18% 0.35%
Senior-Level Officials/ Managers 1,412 59.77% 40.23% 4.39% 81.09% 10.34% 3.40% 0.00% 0.71% 0.07% 0.14%

*Does not include pay-banded employees

Targeted Disabilities

As of September 30, 2008, EPA employed 191 (1.05%) Individuals with Targeted Disabilities (IWTD). In order to have met the federal 2% participation rate goal, 365 IWTD were needed. This represented an increase of 6 employees over FY 2007 and a decrease of 4 employees since FY 2004. The participation rate for FY 2007 was 1.02% and for FY 2004 was 0.84%. Over the 5-year period EPA had a net increase of 0.21% in employees with targeted disabilities.

EEO Complaint Processing

I. Counseling

EPA timely processed 57% of the 114 pre-complaint counselings (without remands) completed in FY 2008.

II. Bases of Complaints Filed

The bases of alleged discrimination most often raised were: (1) Reprisal; (2) Race (Black/African American); and (3) Age. Of the 73 complaints filed at EPA, 29 contained allegations of race (Black/African American) discrimination, 6 contained allegations of race (White) discrimination, 1 contained an allegation of race (Asian) discrimination, 15 contained allegations of color discrimination and 17 contained allegations of disability discrimination.

III. Complaint Processing Times

Of the 24 completed investigations, 91.7% were timely. EPA's average time for completing an investigation was 208 days. Of the agencies completing 25 or more investigations, the U.S. Postal Service had the lowest average of 103 days.

EPA's average processing time for all complaint closures increased from 450 days in FY 2007 to 464 days in FY 2008. The government-wide average was 336 days.

IV. Costs

EPA reported paying no monetary benefits for 2 pre-complaint settlements. EPA expended a total of $90,880 for 24 complaint investigations, for an average expenditure of $3,786.

EPA agreed to pay a total of $59,410 plus other benefits for 12 complaint closures through settlement agreements, final agency decisions, and final agency orders fully implementing AJ decisions. For the 7 complaint closures with monetary benefits, the average award was $8,487.

Outcome of Counselings Completed in FY 2008
Pre-Complaint Counseling Outcomes Completed by EEO Counselor Completed Using ADR All Completed Counselings
# % # % # %
Pre-Complaint Counselings: 116 2 118
Settlements 1 0.9% 1 9.1% 2 1.7%
Withdrawals or No Complaints Filed 36 31% 1 9.1% 37 31.4%
Complaints Filed* 76 64.4%
Decision to File Complaint Pending at End of Fiscal Year 3 2.5%

*Includes only complaints filed in FY 2008 where counseling was also completed during FY 2008.

Agency Use of ADR for EEO Dispute Resolution in FY 2008
Counseling Complaint
Completed/Ended Counselings/Complaint Closures 118 61
Total Number Offered ADR 57 1
ADR Offer Rate* 48.3% 1.6%
ADR Participation Rate* 9.3% 0%
Total ADR Settlements 1 0
Total ADR Settlements Amount $0.00 $0.00

* EEOC revised the formula for calculating the ADR offer and participation rates in FY 2006.

Timeliness in FY 2008
Total # # Timely % Timely FY 2007 APD* FY 2008 APD % Change
All Pre-Complaint Counselings (minus remands) 114 65 57%
All Investigations 24 22 91.7% 242 208 -14%
All Complaint Closures 61 450 464 3.1%
Merit Decisions (no AJ) 23 0 0% 504 561 11.3%
Dismissal Decisions (no AJ) 7 169 78 -53.8%

*APD = Average Processing Days

Outcomes of Complaints in FY 2008
Complaint
Closures
Final Agency
Decision (no AJ
Decision)
Final Order (AJ
Decision Fully
Implemented)
Final Order (AJ
Decision Not Fully
Implemented)
# % # % # % # %
Total Complaints Filed 73
Total Closures 61
Settlements 12 19.7%
Withdrawals 7 11.5%
Total Final Agency Actions 42 68.9% 30 71.4% 11 26.2% 1 2.4%
Dismissals 13 31% 7 53.8% 5 38.46% 1 7.7%
Merit Decisions 29 69% 23 79.3% 6 20.7% 0 0%
Finding Discrimination 0 NA% 0 NA% 0 NA% 0 NA%
Finding No Discrimination 29 100% 23 79.3% 6 20.7% 0 0%

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