The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced a reorganization to "reduce internal coordination problems," "strengthen management accountability" and "improve management oversight," according to Chairman Clarence Thomas.
In a complicated series of abolishings, creatings and retitlings, the commission has reduced the number of agency offices from 14 to 10. Among the offices swept aside is the executive director's office, which has been inactive during Thomas' tenure.
The reorganization also will create an office of program operations, to be run by agency veteran Odessa Shannon. This office will direct compliance activities in both the public and private sectors, in what a commission spokesman called "direct response" to a recent internal study that found it took three times as long and 10 times as much money to process a complaint against a federal agency as it did against a private employer.
There also will be a new office of legal counsel, headed by another longtime EEOC employe, Constance Dupre, which will be in charge of handling discrimination complaints within the agency. That action has already drawn fire from federal union officials, who say the office will be forced to play both offense and defense.
The reorganization also creates a new office of management, into which will be thrown budget, accounting and the rest of the housekeeping branches. Potentially its busiest division is the one called organization performance services, to be headed by Paul Royston, one of the masterminds of the whole reorganization scheme. Among other things, Royston's shop will be in charge of reorganizations.