GAO: Fed agencies need to do more to recruit black, women IT workers
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Dec 04, 2017
While the number of Asian and Hispanic federal IT workers has increased in recent years, there has been no improvement for black and female workers in the field, according to a recent Government and Accountability report.
“These groups have also been less represented among technology workers inside the technology sector than outside it,” the report notes, adding, “In contrast, Asian workers were more represented in these occupations than in the general workforce.”
The report acknowledges that technology companies are a major source of high-paying U.S. jobs, but some have questioned the sector’s commitment to equal employment opportunity.
In general, Asian workers have dominated the field, according to the report, that noted that there are fewer women and minorities overall who have degrees in technology.
GAO recommends that, EEOC develop a timeline to improve industry data collection and that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs take steps to require more specific minority placement goals; the OFCCP require contractors to disaggregate demographic data for the purpose of setting placement goals rather than setting a single goal for all minorities; and that the OFCCP evaluate the Functional Affirmative Action Program to assess its usefulness as an effective alternative to an establishment-based program, and determine what improvements are needed, among other recommendations.