Equal Employment Opportunity:

Representation of Minorities and White Women at Fort Lee Army Post, Virginia

GGD-90-27: Published: Jan 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the equal employment opportunity (EEO) program for civilian personnel at Fort Lee, Virginia.

GAO found that: (1) various EEO groups, particularly black men, were underrepresented at Fort Lee, to a greater extent in senior and middle management positions and occupational categories; (2) EEO data showed underrepresentation in almost all upper pay grades for black men, black women, and white women; (3) Fort Lee has undertaken a number of steps since 1987 to improve EEO program management and to increase promotion opportunities for minorities and white women; (4) the Fort Lee EEO plan identified eight problems and barriers affecting equal employment, including lack of sufficient funds to continue training managers and employees in EEO-related subjects, managers' reluctance to designate positions for the upward mobility program, and severe underrepresentation in nontraditional occupations; (5) although some supervisors' civilian performance plans cited EEO responsibilities as a critical element, they generally described those responsibilities in vague or ambiguous terms; and (6) although Fort Lee improved its handling of EEO discrimination complaints, most of the formal complaints in process exceeded the Army's 180-day resolution time standard.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: EEO policies, procedures, and performance standards approved by the Army Training and Doctrine Command and Department of the Army headquarters were issued. EEO performance standards were issued in December 1989 and updated in February 1991.

    Recommendation: The Commanding General, Fort Lee, should ensure that Fort Lee sets and meets milestones for: (1) establishing written EEO policies and procedures; and (2) clarifying EEO performance standards.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army: Fort Lee, VA

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Fort Lee has modified its automated personnel system to permit tracking of formal complaints, allowing points of delays and their causes to be identified.

    Recommendation: The Commanding General, Fort Lee, should determine why the resolution of formal discrimination complaints has generally exceeded the Army's standard and take appropriate corrective actions.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army: Fort Lee, VA


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