In a report entitled “African American Workgroup Report,” designed to coincide with the EEOC’s recent Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012-2016, an internal agency work group of the EEOC detailed the following seven “obstacles” to equal opportunities in the federal workforce for African-Americans:
- Unconscious biases and perceptions about African Americans still play a significant role in employment decisions in the federal sector.
- African Americans lack adequate mentoring and networking opportunities for higher-level and management positions.
- Insufficient training and development assignments perpetuate inequalities in skills and opportunities for African Americans.
- Narrow recruitment methods negatively impact African Americans.
- The perception of widespread inequality among African Americans in the federal work force hinders their career advancement.
- Educational requirements create obstacles for African Americans in the federal work force.
- EEO regulations and laws are not adequately followed by agencies and are not effectively enforced.
The report can be obtained at: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/reports/aawg.cfm.