The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Permanent Workforce:252,320 Temporary Workforce:26,606 Total Workforce: 278,926

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 252,320 40.60% 59.40% 6.85% 61.03% 24.40% 6.09% 0.14% 1.10% 0.39% 1.49%
Major Occupations:
Nurse 47,984 15.36% 84.64% 6.04% 66.32% 15.58% 10.72% 0.12% 1.01% 0.22% 0.49%
Medical Officer 18,932 67.65% 32.35% 6.65% 64.18% 4.45% 23.14% 0.14% 1.28% 0.16% 0.50%
Practical Nurse 12,507 16.28% 83.72% 6.78% 56.14% 29.80% 5.26% 0.20% 1.24% 0.58% 0.66%
GS-14 and GS-15* 15,884 65.47% 34.53% 5.78% 69.57% 7.21% 16.22% 0.11% 0.88% 0.22% 0.69%
Senior Pay Level* 405 66.67% 33.33% 1.98% 85.68% 8.89% 2.22% 0.25% 0.99% 0.00% 1.98%
SES 314 67.83% 32.17% 3.82% 83.12% 10.19% 1.27% 0.00% 1.59% 0.00% 2.55%
First-Level Officials/ Managers 7,450 45.76% 54.24% 6.63% 66.38% 22.23% 3.07% 0.16% 1.25% 0.28% 0.83%
Mid-Level Officials/ Managers 5,724 54.12% 45.88% 5.01% 78.18% 12.72% 3.14% 0.02% 0.63% 0.30% 1.14%
Senior-Level Officials/ Managers 3,600 72.75% 27.25% 5.39% 77.75% 5.25% 10.89% 0.17% 0.47% 0.08% 0.67%

*Does not include pay-banded employees.

Targeted Disabilities

As of September 30, 2008, VA employed 3,985 (1.43%) Individuals with Targeted Disabilities (IWTD). In order to have met the federal 2% participation rate goal, 5,579 IWTD were needed. This represented an increase of 227 employees over FY 2007 and an increase of 293 employees since FY 2004. The participation rate for FY 2007 was 1.48% and for FY 2004 was 1.56%. Over the 5-year period VA had a net decrease of 0.13% in employees with targeted disabilities.

EEO Complaint Processing

I. Counseling

VA timely processed 96.1% of the 3,993 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) Race (Black/African American); and (3) Age. Of the 2,111 complaints filed at VA, 511 contained allegations of race (Black/African American) discrimination, 105 contained allegations of race (White) discrimination, 33 contained allegations of race (Asian) discrimination, 4 contained allegations of race (American Indian/Alaska Native) discrimination, 64 contained allegations of color discrimination and 505 contained allegations of disability discrimination.

III. Complaint Processing Times

Of the 1,414 completed investigations, 62.8% were timely. VA's average time for completing an investigation was 185 days. Of the agencies completing 25 or more investigations, the U.S. Postal Service had the lowest average of 103 days.

VA's average processing time for all complaint closures remained constant between FY 2007 and FY 2008 at 366 days. The government-wide average was 336 days.

IV. Costs

VA agreed to pay $371,883 for 275 pre-complaint settlements, of which 33 were monetary settlements averaging $11,269. VA expended a total of $4,923,035 for 1,414 complaint investigations, for an average expenditure of $3,481.

VA agreed to pay a total of $4,620,981 plus other benefits for 432 complaint closures through settlement agreements, final agency decisions, and final agency orders fully implementing AJ decisions. For the 182 complaint closures with monetary benefits, the average award was $25,390.


Outcome of Counselings Completed in FY 2008
Pre-Complaint Counseling Outcomes Completed by EEO Counselor Completed Using ADR All Completed Counselings
# % # % # %
Pre-Complaint Counselings: 3,431 562 3,993
Settlements 67 2% 208 11.9% 275 6.9%
Withdrawals or No Complaints Filed 1,135 33.1% 354 20.2% 1,489 37.3%
Complaints Filed* 2,111 52.9%
Decision to File Complaint Pending at End of Fiscal Year 118 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 3,993 1,863
Total Number Offered ADR 2,964 238
ADR Offer Rate* 74.2% 12.8%
ADR Participation Rate* 44% 7%
Total ADR Settlements 208 100
Total ADR Settlements Amount $310,212.60 $1,271,602.72

* 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) 3,993 3,837 96.1%
All Investigations 1,414 888 62.8% 220 185 -15.9%
All Complaint Closures 1,863 366 366 0%
Merit Decisions (no AJ) 626 321 51.3% 383 382 -0.3%
Dismissal Decisions (no AJ) 256 100 78 -22%

*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 2,111
Total Closures 1,863
Settlements 413 22.2%
Withdrawals 277 14.9%
Total Final Agency Actions 1,173 63% 882 75.2% 286 24.4% 5 0.4%
Dismissals 269 22.9% 256 95.2% 13 4.83% 0 0%
Merit Decisions 904 77.1% 626 69.2% 273 30.2% 5 0.6%
Finding Discrimination 24 2.7% 12 50% 7 29.2% 5 20.8%
Finding No Discrimination 880 97.4% 614 69.8% 266 30.2% 0 0%


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