Barriers and Misperceptions Persist; Low Participation in Senior Ranks
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released a comprehensive report prepared by the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Work Group containing findings and a series of practical recommendations for EEOC Chair Naomi C. Earp’s consideration. These recommendations address AAPI issues related to federal sector employment, special emphasis programs and the complaints process. The full report, entitled Report to the Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is available on the agency’s web site at www.eeoc.gov/federal/report/aapi.html.
“As a former EEO Director, I am aware of the serious concerns of members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community regarding barriers to federal sector employment and advancement,” Chair Earp said. “I encourage agencies to carefully review the recommendations contained in this report as they strive to become a model employer for all Americans, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.”
The key recommendations formulated by the AAPI Work Group for the agency’s consideration include the following:
- Creating requirements that hold senior leadership accountable for programs that enhance the selection and promotion of qualified AAPI candidates to the highest levels;
- Assisting agencies on the in-depth review of workforce data for anomalies or triggers and the effective identification of barriers relating to the AAPI community;
- Encouraging agencies to enlist their affinity groups to become liaisons between employees and management;
- Providing internal and external assistance to AAPI employees and affinity groups seeking to engage with an agency’s EEO Office;
- Re-invigorating the government-wide SES Candidate Development Program, with an emphasis on greater diversity among its participants;
- Providing skill development opportunities to AAPI employees to increase their competitiveness for professional progress within the agency; and
- Promulgating an Executive Order that addresses issues of discrimination against AAPI employees in the federal sector and that supports programs to encourage professional advancement.
The AAPI Work Group was formed by Chair Earp on October 11, 2007. The Work Group was diverse and was comprised of persons at various levels from a cross section of federal agencies. This was the first of such work groups organized to address issues that directly affect the AAPI community.
The EEOC monitors federal agency compliance with equal employment opportunity laws and procedures. Further information about the Commission’s work with federal agencies and employees is available on the agency’s main web site at www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.html.