The Federal Bureau of Investigation Needs Better Representation of Women and Minorities

FPCD-78-58: Published: Jul 10, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 1978.

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The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has the authority to enforce equal employment opportunity (EEO) and nondiscrimination in the federal government until a reorganization plan which will transfer enforcement authority to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission goes into effect. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) EEO program is part of its overall centralized personnel management system and receives guidance from its Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs.

In spite of efforts to equalize the job distribution among the work force, nonminority males continue to dominate key professional occupations at FBI. Minorities and women are disproportionately represented in occupations other than that of special agent and at lower grade levels. Improvements are needed in the selection process, program administration, development of EEO plans, and complaint counseling.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Attorney General should require the Director, FBI, to: (1) monitor the selection process relating to waiver of qualification requirements, written examinations, and background investigations; (2) locate the discrimination complaint system outside of major operating divisions and offices; (3) provide for more permanent staffing of the EEO officer position; (4) periodically evaluate the EEO program and determine the cost for its operation; and (5) modify the counseling program by discontinuing the disproportionate use of assistant special agents in charge and inspectors-deputy assistant directors as counselors, improving the representation of counselors to reflect the work force, defining duties of collaterally assigned counselors and including these in position descriptions, and emphasizing counselor reporting requirements.

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