The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Permanent Workforce: 84,440 Temporary Workforce: 20,397 Total Workforce: 104,837

Workforce Composition


Total #

Men

Women

Hispanic
or
Latino

White

Black
or
African American

Asian
Native Hawaiian/
Other Pacific Islander
American Indian/ Alaska Native Two or More Races Individuals with Targeted Disabilities
Permanent Workforce 84,440 56.22% 43.78% 6.29% 77.52% 10.96% 2.76% 0.08% 2.31% 0.08% 0.97%
Major Occupations:
Forestry Technician 15,613 80.30% 19.70% 7.07% 86.43% 1.50% 1.06% 0.00% 3.83% 0.11% 0.27%
Bio Science Technician 5,629 57.43% 42.57% 5.08% 84.85% 3.62% 4.10% 0.83% 1.17% 0.34% 0.64%
Gen Natural Resources Mgt & Bio Sci 5,016 65.65% 34.35% 6.74% 82.30% 3.79% 5.18% 0.14% 1.75% 0.10% 0.58%
GS-14 and GS-15* 6,182 67.96% 32.04% 4.03% 79.20% 10.29% 5.40% 0.02% 1.04% 0.03% 0.61%
Senior Pay Level* 452 75.88% 24.12% 4.65% 82.30% 8.19% 3.10% 0.22% 1.33% 0.22% 0.66%
SES 341 72.43% 27.57% 4.40% 81.23% 9.38% 2.93% 0.00% 1.76% 0.29% 0.59%
First-Level Officials/ Managers 6,033 75.60% 24.40% 6.66% 81.73% 5.65% 2.37% 0.10% 3.46% 0.02% 0.43%
Mid-Level Officials/ Managers 4,543 65.77% 34.23% 5.57% 79.84% 9.77% 3.06% 0.02% 1.72% 0.02% 0.64%
Senior-Level Officials/ Managers 1,613 72.66% 27.34% 4.28% 82.08% 9.24% 3.10% 0.06% 1.18% 0.06% 0.50%

*Does not include pay-banded employees

Targeted Disabilities

As of September 30, 2008, USDA employed 893 (0.85%) Individuals with Targeted Disabilities (IWTD). In order to have met the federal 2% participation rate goal, 2,097 IWTD were needed. This represented a decrease of 72 employees from FY 2007 and a decrease of 175 employees since FY 2004. The participation rate for FY 2007 was 0.93% and for FY 2004 was 0.95%. Over the 5-year period USDA had a net decrease of 0.1% in employees with targeted disabilities.

EEO Complaint Processing

I. Counseling

USDA timely processed 86.5% of the 1,029 pre-complaint counselings (without remands) completed in FY 2008.

II. Bases of Complaints Filed

The bases of alleged discrimination most often raised were: (1) Reprisal; (2) Age; and (3) Sex (Female). Of the 508 complaints filed at USDA, 128 contained allegations of race (Black/African American) discrimination, 33 contained allegations of race (White) discrimination, 20 contained allegations of race (Asian) discrimination, 12 contained allegations of race (American Indian/Alaska Native) discrimination, 36 contained allegations of color discrimination and 107 contained allegations of disability discrimination.

III. Complaint Processing Times

Of the 387 completed investigations, 62.3% were timely. USDA's average time for completing an investigation was 213 days. Of the agencies completing 25 or more investigations, the U.S. Postal Service had the lowest average of 103 days.

USDA's average processing time for all complaint closures increased from 634 days in FY 2007 to 802 days in FY 2008. The government-wide average was 336 days.

IV. Costs

USDA agreed to pay $1,667,949 for 114 pre-complaint settlements, of which 23 were monetary settlements averaging $72,519. USDA expended a total of $1,203,858 for 387 complaint investigations, for an average expenditure of $3,110.

USDA agreed to pay a total of $2,384,291 plus other benefits for 141 complaint closures through settlement agreements, final agency decisions, and final agency orders fully implementing AJ decisions. For the 72 complaint closures with monetary benefits, the average award was $23,159.

Outcome of Counselings Completed in FY 2008
Pre-Complaint Counseling Outcomes Completed by EEO Counselor Completed Using ADR All Completed Counselings
# % # % # %
Pre-Complaint Counselings: 882 147 1,029
Settlements 48 5.4% 66 23.4% 114 11.1%
Withdrawals or No Complaints Filed 313 35.5% 81 28.7% 394 38.3%
Complaints Filed* 497 48.3%
Decision to File Complaint Pending at End of Fiscal Year 24 2.3%

*Includes only complaints filed in FY 2008 where counseling was also completed during FY 2008.

Agency Use of ADR for EEO Dispute Resolution in FY 2008
Counseling Complaint
Completed/Ended Counselings/Complaint Closures 1,029 518
Total Number Offered ADR 930 119
ADR Offer Rate* 90.4% 23%
ADR Participation Rate* 27.4% 12.4%
Total ADR Settlements 66 20
Total ADR Settlements Amount $115,600.44 $634,317.92

* EEOC revised the formula for calculating the ADR offer and participation rates in FY 2006.

Timeliness in FY 2008
Total # # Timely % Timely FY 2007 APD* FY 2008 APD % Change
All Pre-Complaint Counselings (minus remands) 1,029 890 86.5%
All Investigations 387 241 62.3% 190 213 12.1%
All Complaint Closures 518 634 802 26.5%
Merit Decisions (no AJ) 221 3 1.4% 828 1,159 40%
Dismissal Decisions (no AJ) 52 716 283 -60.5%

*APD = Average Processing Days

Outcomes of Complaints in FY 2008
Complaint
Closures
Final Agency
Decision (no AJ
Decision)
Final Order (AJ
Decision Fully
Implemented)
Final Order (AJ
Decision Not Fully
Implemented)
# % # % # % # %
Total Complaints Filed 508
Total Closures 518
Settlements 135 26.1%
Withdrawals 35 6.8%
Total Final Agency Actions 348 67.2% 273 78.4% 74 21.3% 1 0.3%
Dismissals 56 16.1% 52 92.9% 4 7.14% 0 0%
Merit Decisions 292 83.9% 221 75.7% 70 24% 1 0.3%
Finding Discrimination 7 2.4% 4 57.1% 2 28.6% 1 14.3%
Finding No Discrimination 285 97.6% 217 76.1% 68 23.9% 0 0%

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