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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Permanent Workforce: 17,052 Temporary Workforce: 1,396 Total Workforce: 18,448

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 17,052 48.17% 51.83% 5.50% 68.61% 18.20% 5.97% 0.12% 0.71% 0.89% 1.38%
Major Occupations:
ENVIR PROTECT SPECIALIST 2,744 39.40% 60.60% 4.63% 85.64% 16.40% 4.01% 0.18% 1.31% 0.84% 1.42%
GEN PHYSICAL SCIENCE 2,471 58.84% 41.16% 5.38% 80.17% 7.61% 5.38% 0.04% 0.73% 0.69% 0.61%
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING 1,930 67.56% 32.44% 8.03% 71.50% 7.77% 11.81% 0.00% 0.21% 0.67% 0.67%
GS-14 and GS-15* 5,348 56.75% 43.25% 4.41% 78.68% 10.96% 4.69% 0.11% 0.52% 0.62% 0.77%
Senior Pay Level* 299 63.21% 36.79% 4.68% 83.61% 7.69% 3.34% 0.00% 0.33% 0.33% 0.33%
SES 263 60.46% 39.54% 4.94% 82.51% 8.75% 3.04% 0.00% 0.38% 0.38% 0.38%
First-Level Officials/ Managers 1 0.00% 100.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Mid-Level Officials/ Managers 609 58.13% 41.87% 5.25% 76.68% 11.99% 4.27% 0.00% 1.15% 0.66% 0.82%
Senior-Level Officials/ Managers 1,461 58.66% 41.34% 4.65% 80.70% 10.13% 3.56% 0.07% 0.48% 0.41% 0.27%

*Does not include pay-banded employees

Targeted Disabilities

As of September 30, 2009, EPA employed 240 (1.30%) Individuals with Targeted Disabilities (IWTD). In order to have met the federal 2% participation rate goal, 369 IWTD were needed. This represents an increase of 49 employees over FY 2008 and an increase of 43 employees since FY 2005. The participation rate for FY 2008 was 1.05% and for FY 2005 was 1.07%. Over the 5-year period EPA had a net increase of 0.23% in employees with targeted disabilities.

EEO Complaint Processing

I. Counseling

EPA timely processed 74.4% of the 121 pre-complaint counselings (without remands) completed in FY 2009.

II. Bases of Complaints Filed

The bases of alleged discrimination most often raised were: (1) Age; (2) Race (Black/African American); and (3) Sex (Female). Of the 77 complaints filed at EPA, 30 contained allegations of race (Black/African American) discrimination, 2 contained allegations of race (White) discrimination, 3 contained allegations of race (American Indian/Alaska Native) discrimination, 3 contained allegations of color discrimination and 26 contained allegations of disability discrimination.

III. Complaint Processing Times

Of the 73 completed investigations, 93.2% were timely. EPA's average time for completing an investigation was 197 days. Of the agencies completing 25 or more investigations, the Tennessee Valley Authority had the lowest average of 100 days.

EPA's average processing time for all complaint closures decreased from 464 days in FY 2008 to 306 days in FY 2009. The government-wide average was 344 days.

IV. Costs

EPA agreed to pay $27,000 for 10 pre-complaint settlements, of which 1 was a monetary settlement averaging $27,000. EPA expended a total of $252,650 for 73 complaint investigations, for an average expenditure of $3,461.

EPA agreed to pay a total of $399,830 plus other benefits for 16 complaint closures through settlement agreements, final agency decisions, and final agency orders fully implementing AJ decisions. For complaint closures with monetary benefits, the average award was $24,989.

Outcome of Counselings Completed in FY 2009
Pre-Complaint Counseling Outcomes Completed by EEO Counselor Completed Using ADR All Completed Counselings
# % # % # %
Pre-Complaint Counselings: 109 15 124
Settlements 4 3.7% 6 40% 10 8.1%
Withdrawals or No Complaints Filed 34 31.2% 0 0% 34 27.4%
Complaints Filed* 77 62.1%
Decision to File Complaint Pending at End of Fiscal Year 3 2.4%

*Includes only complaints filed in FY 2009 where counseling was also completed during FY 2009.

Agency Use of ADR for EEO Dispute Resolution in FY 2009
Counseling Complaint
Completed/Ended Counselings/Complaint Closures 124 55
Total Number Offered ADR 85 0
ADR Offer Rate* 68.6% 0%
ADR Participation Rate* 12.1% 0%
Total ADR Settlements 6 0
Total ADR Settlements Amount $27,000.00 $0.00

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

Timeliness in FY 2009
Total # # Timely % Timely FY 2008 APD* FY 2009 APD % Change
All Pre-Complaint Counselings (minus remands) 121 90 74.4%
All Investigations 73 68 93.2% 208 197 -5.3%
All Complaint Closures 55 464 306 -34.1%
Merit Decisions (no AJ) 12 2 16.7% 561 349 -37.8%
Dismissal Decisions (no AJ) 17 78 92 17.9%

*APD = Average Processing Days

Outcomes of Complaints in FY 2009
Complaint Closures Final Agency Decision (no AJ Decision) Final Order (AJ Decision Fully Implemented) Final Order (AJ Decision Not Fully Implemented)
# % # % # % # %
Total Complaints Filed 77
Total Closures 55
Settlements 16 29.1%
Withdrawals 3 5.5%
Total Final Agency Actions 36 65.5% 29 80.6% 7 19.4% 0 0%
Dismissals 18 50% 17 94.4% 1 5.6% 0 0%
Merit Decisions 18 50% 12 66.7% 6 33.3% 0 0%
Finding Discrimination 0 NA% 0 NA% 0 NA% 0 NA%
Finding No Discrimination 18 100% 12 66.7% 6 33.3% 0 0%