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An Evaluation of OPM’s Efforts to Improve Hispanic Representation in the Federal Workforce

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): National Council of La Raza

Author(s): National Hispanic Leadership Agenda; National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Government (Public officials)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States United States

Abstract:

This evaluation is based on National Hispanic Leadership Agenda's (NHLA) analysis of Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program statistical reports from 2000-2005, and other government agency reports which address OPM’s performance on minority participation in the federal workforce. The report documents that Hispanic representation in the federal government has worsened over the past five years. Stating that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) had failed to implement effective recruitment programs and accountability measures to address the underrepresentation of Hispanics in the federal workforce, NHLA gave OPM an ‘F’ for their poor performance.

NHLA has prepared this report to provide Congress with an assessment of the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) efforts to advance the full inclusion and representation of Hispanics in the federal government. Achieving a representative government is an important national goal which cannot be accomplished while the largest and fastest growing segment of the population—Americans of Hispanic descent—are underrepresented in the federal government workforce.