Section 717 of Title VII, Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, and subsequent statutes and Executive Orders require federal agencies to take affirmative steps to prohibit and prevent discrimination. Additionally, they convey to the EEOC enforcement authority for the prohibition of employment discrimination in the federal government; oversight authority for federal agencies' affirmative EEO programs; and responsibility for the review and evaluation of federal agencies' equal opportunity programs, including progress reports required from each department or agency. The data reported herein regarding agencies' processing of EEO complaints will constitute the benchmark data which will be used to measure each agency's future performance.
The United States employs over two million men and women across the country and around the world. To ensure our nation's continued growth, prosperity and security, federal agencies must position themselves to attract, develop and retain a competitive, highly qualified workforce. Equal opportunity is key to accomplishing this goal by promoting open and fair competition in the federal workplace, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex or disability.
The Federal Government had a permanent workforce of 2,630,755 in FY 1994, and 2,428,330 individuals in FY 2003. Figure 1 shows the participation rate of the identified groups below:
Figure 1 - Composition of Federal Workforce
Percentage of Total Employees
FY 1994 / FY 2003
Table 1 - Senior Pay Level Representation
FY 1994 / FY 2003
|FY 1994||FY 2003|
|American Indians/Alaskan Natives||80||0.60%||120||0.78%|
|Individuals with Targeted Disabilities||50||0.37%||64||0.42%|
Figure 2 - Average White Collar Grade By Race/National Origin
FY 1994 - FY 2003
Figure 3 - Comparison of the Net Change for the Total Workforce and
Employees with Targeted Disabilities
Percentage Change from FY 1994 to FY 2003
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Workforce Recruitment Program - The President's New Freedom Initiative calls for improving access for people with disabilities to all aspects of mainstream American life, including employment. Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Workforce Recruitment Program partners with federal agencies, each of which makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview some 1,500 students with disabilities at about 175 college and university campuses across the nation and develop a data base listing the qualification of each student. These candidates represent all majors, and range from college freshmen to graduate and law students. This is an excellent pool from which to consider internship positions. ODEP's database is released in March 2004. Consider using this Workforce Recruitment Program to fill summer or permanent hiring needs with talented college students with disabilities!
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