Minority Representation:

Efforts of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration

HRD-88-49: Published: May 13, 1988. Publicly Released: May 13, 1988.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration's (ADAMHA) compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's employment requirements.

GAO found that: (1) 270 of the 1,414 ADAMHA employees were minorities; (2) 5 of the 39 Senior Executive Service members were minorities; (3) the professional civilian labor force consisted of 12.5-percent minorities, the management level was 11.5-percent minorities, and the administrative civilian labor force was 13-percent minorities; (4) during fiscal years 1982 through 1987, the ADAMHA Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO) did not establish numerical goals and timetables for hiring, competitive promotions, or reassignments of minorities due to reductions in force unique to ADAMHA; (5) because of fewer external hiring opportunities, ADAMHA had no recruitment strategy to increase minority representation; (6) ADAMHA did not compile and maintain required race and sex information on applicants or collect the information on the composition of qualifications review boards (QRB); (7) ADAMHA did not always review vacancy announcements, observe QRB meetings, or grant waivers when the minimum area of consideration for a vacancy was less than ADAMHA-wide; and (8) of the 385 advisory committee members, 43 were minorities and 87 were women.

Status Legend:

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  • Review Pending-GAO has not yet assessed implementation status.
  • Open-Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-implemented-Actions that satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-not implemented-While the intent of the recommendation has not been satisfied, time or circumstances have rendered the recommendation invalid.
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    • Open
    • Closed - implemented
    • Closed - not implemented

    Recommendations for Executive Action

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Administrator, ADAMHA, to compile race and sex data to the extent possible on all who apply for competitive vacancy announcements.

    Agency Affected: Department of Health and Human Services

    Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: ADAMHA completed a review in March 1989 of a sample of 24 vacancy announcements issued in fiscal year (FY) 1988. ADAMHA stated that it provided valuable data. PHS has requested authorization to obtain the same data from external applicants; however, the Office of Personnel Management must approve.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Administrator, ADAMHA, to compile and maintain race and sex data on the composition of QRB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Health and Human Services

    Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Records kept on QRB membership since the fourth quarter of FY 1988 indicate an effort to ensure minority, female, and handicapped representation whenever possible. The new form implemented in July 1988 is being used and is maintained in appropriate files.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Administrator, ADAMHA, to prepare documentation to show that OEEO representatives reviewed vacancy announcements, observed QRB meetings, and granted waivers when the minimum area of consideration for a vacancy was less than ADAMHA-wide.

    Agency Affected: Department of Health and Human Services

    Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The ADAMHA Personnel Division and OEEO implemented the provisions of this recommendation late in FY 1988 and are continuing to prepare the required documentation in FY 1989.

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