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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated equal employment opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action activities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to assess how: (1) the reorganization of the Division of Administrative Services affected black employees; (2) the discrimination complaints process is working; (3) the affirmative action program is working; and (4) minorities and women are represented in the work force.

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Recommendations

Matter for Congressional Consideration

Matter Status Comments
Congress should explore the situation with the Office of Personnel Management and EEOC to clarify what these agencies' current positions are concerning the collection of flow data.
Closed - Not Implemented
This recommendation was addressed to Congress as a whole; to GAO knowledge, no committee to date has initiated any action to consider this recommendation. GAO has no reason to believe that any consideration will be given to this recommendation, therefore, the recommendation will be closed.

Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Health and Human Services 1. The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) should direct the Director, NIH, to comply with EEOC Affirmative Action Program directives by establishing numerical hiring goals for all underrepresented groups.
Closed - Implemented
In November 1986, NIH circulated its numerical hiring goals to all of the bureaus, institutes, and divisions for implementation during fiscal year (FY) 1987.
Department of Health and Human Services 2. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Director, NIH, to comply with EEOC Affirmative Action Program directives by developing and implementing minority and female recruitment plans in organizational components that do not have them.
Closed - Implemented
The Director, NIH, instructed the five organizational components without minority and female recruitment plans to prepare them. These plans were implemented by March 31, 1987.
Department of Health and Human Services 3. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Director, NIH, to comply with EEOC Affirmative Action Program directives by identifying and eliminating employment barriers for minorities and women.
Closed - Implemented
By the end of FY 1986, NIH completed barrier analysis studies of all of the targeted occupations in its affirmative action plan. During FY 1987 and FY 1988, NIH: (1) took action to improve the representation of minorities and women in these targeted positions; and (2) collected applicant flow data to improve the quality of future barrier analysis reviews.

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