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GAO: Fed agencies need to do more to recruit black, women IT workers

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.

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.

Reader comments

Tue, Dec 5, 2017

We definitely should not go to "quota" system. That, in itself, is racism. The article is very void of specific reasons. Is it saying there are not enough based upon actual hard proof that its racism? Is it because there aren't enough qualified within the area of concentration? What are the specific reasons. As stated earlier--we should never go back to a quota. It should be "you qualify, you get a job. You don't qualify, you don't get the job--period.

Tue, Dec 5, 2017 jack

Oh, give me a freakin' break from all this bs. EVERYBODY knows there's not enough Italians in the IT network. Where's their special affirmative action?

Tue, Dec 5, 2017 mark

You can set goals but that does nothing to address the fact that the underlying reason for the lack of women and black IT employees is the lack of qualifications. So you either hire with lower expectations and dilute your qualified work pool or hire qualified individuals to fill needed jobs. Qualifications should trump ethnic requirements when trying to fill jobs that require special talents.

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