Report cites ‘many obstacles’ for black federal employees

There are “many obstacles to achieving equality for African Americans in the federal workforce,” according to a new study issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

EEOC said the document is not “a traditional report with findings and conclusions of the EEOC. Instead it is meant to “memorialize the obstacles and recommendations identified by our dialogue partners,” which included organizations of black federal workers and others.

The seven obstacles included in the report are:

  • “Unconscious biases and perceptions about African Americans still play a significant role in employment decisions in the federal sector.
  • “African Americans lack adequate mentoring and networking opportunities for higher-level and management positions.
  • “Insufficient training and development assignments perpetuate inequalities in skills and opportunities for African Americans.
  • “Narrow recruitment methods negatively impact African Americans.
  • “The perception of widespread inequality among African Americans in the federal work force hinders their career advancement.
  • “Educational requirements create obstacles for African Americans in the federal work force.
  • “EEO regulations and laws are not adequately followed by agencies and are not effectively enforced..

The Federal Diary will publish more information related to the report online Monday evening and in Tuesday’s print editions of The Washington Post.

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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