ERIC Number: ED254582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The State of Affirmative Action in the Federal Government: Staff Report Analyzing 1980 and 1983 Employment Profiles.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Employment trends within 45 selected Federal agencies are surveyed in detail in an attempt to compare the utilization of minorities and women within the Federal Government. In addition the data are described as providing a benchmark for assessing the Federal Government's commitment to affirmative recruitment. Overall findings are the following: (1) Minorities and women suffered disproportionately from the Reagan Administration's reductions-in-force; (2) Agencies which reported participation rates for minorities and women equal to or higher than the Federal government-wide averages and reported progress for these groups in 1983, tended to reflect greater distribution of minorities and women in the mid-level bridge positions and/or upper grades as well; (3) Despite affirmative action goals and legislative mandates, minority status in the Federal workforce in 1983 had improved little over 1979--minorities continued to be clustered in the low salary grades; and (4) While women constituted nearly half of the total Federal Government Service (GS) workforce, they continued to be concentrated in the lower salary grades. They made limited progress in gaining employment at the mid or upper salary levels, but there was no significant advancement in their representation in the highest paying jobs. In the light of these findings and the prospect of a continued decline in the Federal workforce, it is concluded that a stronger commitment to affirmative action principles is called for. (RDN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.