The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Permanent Workforce: 60,623 Temporary Workforce: 16,977 Total Workforce: 77,600

Workforce Composition

Employee Pool Total # Men Women Hispanics Whites Blacks Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders American Indians / Alaskan Natives
Permanent Workforce 60,623 59.93% 40.07% 4.68% 72.91% 5.16% 2.01% 14.98%
Major Occupations                
Park Ranger 5,289 65.83% 34.17% 3.69% 88.01% 3.95% 1.64% 2.7%
Misc. Administration & Program 2,484 45.97% 54.03% 5.03% 69.89% 7.61% 1.61% 15.86%
General Biological Science 3,681 67.37% 32.63% 2.88% 91.2% 1.22% 1.68% 3.02%
GS-14 and GS-15* 4,897 72.13% 27.87% 2.65% 83.21% 3.94% 2.67% 7.92%
Senior Pay Level* 368 72.83% 27.17% 2.98% 78.26% 8.15% 1.9% 10.86%
First-Level Officials/Managers 4,480 67.17% 32.83% 4.46% 79.67% 3.46% 1.43% 10.98%
Mid-Level Officials/Managers 4,316 72.34% 27.66% 4.29% 82.55% 3.1% 1.65% 8.41%
Senior Level Officials/Managers 1,240 72.02% 27.98% 2.02% 82.26% 3.95% 1.53% 10.24%

*Does not include pay-banded employees

Targeted Disabilities

Employees with targeted disabilities represented 0.99% of the total government workforce in FY 2004, and of agencies with a permanent workforce of 500 or more, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, at 2.23%, had the highest percentage of employees with targeted disabilities. At DOI, employees with targeted disabilities represented 0.89% of the total workforce.

EEO Complaint Processing

  1. Counseling

    There were 568 instances of pre-complaint counseling (performed by EEO counselors and/or ADR intake officers). DOI timely processed 86.4% of the total number of counselings. Following counseling, 326 formal complaints of discrimination were filed.

  2. Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Of DOI's 568 instances of counseling, ADR was offered 63.2% of the time; the parties elected to participate in 15.3% of the completed counselings; and 56.6% of the ADR closures were resolved through settlements or withdrawals.

    At the formal complaint phase, DOI offered ADR 5.4% of the time; the parties elected to participate in 3.7% of the complaint workload; and 37.5% of the ADR closures were resolved through settlements or withdrawals.

  3. Processing Times

    DOI completed 61% of its investigations within the regulatory time frames, with an average processing time of 217 days for all investigations. In most instances, the

    regulations require completion of investigations within 180 days. Of the agencies completing 25 or more investigations, the Tennessee Valley Authority was the only agency to complete 100% of their investigations within the regulatory time frames, with an average processing time of 117 days.

    DOI's average processing time for all complaint closures decreased from 682 days in FY 2003 to 542 days in FY 2004. The government-wide average was 469 days.

  4. Pending Inventory

    DOI had a total of 425 complaints pending at the end of FY 2004, with 71 pending acknowledgment for an average of 73 days; 151 pending investigation for an average of 202 days; and 28 pending the issuance of final decisions for an average of 376 days.

  5. Costs

    DOI agreed to pay $128,877 for 61 counseling settlements with benefits, an average $2,112.74 per counseling settled.

    DOI agreed to pay a total of $1,580,544 for 115 complaint closures through settlement agreement, final agency decision, and final agency orders fully implementing AJ decisions. For complaint closures with benefits, the average award (including back/front pay, compensatory damages, attorney's fees, and lump sum payments) was $13,744.

    DOI expended a total of $598,413 for 202 complaint investigations, for an average expenditure of $2,962.

Outcome of Counselings Completed in FY 2004

Counseling Outcomes Completed by EEO Counselor Completed Using ADR All Completed Counselings
# % # % # %
Total Instances of Counseling: 469   99   568  
Settlements 34 7.24% 27 27.27% 61 10.73%
Withdrawal/no Complaint Filed 110 23.4% 29 29.2% 139 24.47%
Complaints Filed*         262 46.12%
Decision to File Complaint Pending at End of Fiscal Year         106 18.66%

*Includes only complaints filed in FY 2004 where counseling was also completed during FY 2004.

Agency Use of ADR for EEO Dispute Resolution

Counselings / Complaints ADR Offers ADR Participation
# # % # %
FY 2003 Pre-Complaint Counselings 616 330 54.00% 94 15.00%
FY 2004 Pre-Complaint Counselings 568 359 63.20% 87 15.32%
Percentage Change FY 2003 to FY 2004 -7.79% 8.78%   -7.44%  
FY 2003 Complaints* 901 137 15.00% 64 7.00%
FY 2004 Complaints* 785 42 5.35% 29 3.69%
Percentage Change FY 2003 to FY 2004 -12.87% -69.34%   -54.68%  

*Includes all complaints filed in the fiscal year, including those where the counseling was completed in the prior fiscal year.

Timeliness

Total # # Timely % Timely FY 2003 APD* FY 2004 APD % Change
All Counselings (minus remands) 568 491 86.44%      
All Investigations 202 123 60.89% 229 217 -5.24%
Merit Decisions (no AJ) 109 39 35.78% 673 420 -37.60%
Dismissal Decisions 56     465 377 -18.92%

*APD = Average Processing Days

Outcomes of Complaints Closed in FY 2004

Complaint Outcomes Complaint Closures Final Agency Decision (no AJ decision) Final Order (AJ Decision Fully Implemented) Final Order (AJ Decision Not Fully Implemented)
Total Closures (360) # % # % # % # %
Settlements 104 28.88%            
Withdrawals 11 3.05%            
Dismissals 56 15.55%            
Merit Decisions 189 52.50%            
Finding Discrimination 11 5.82% 2 18.18% 9 81.81% 0 0.00%
Finding No Discrimination 178 94.17% 107 60.11% 71 39.88% 0 0.00%


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