GovExec Daily: Diversity and the Importance of Data Collection

Courtney Bublé talks to diversity officers from four different agencies about the ways to encourage DEI in government.

OMB: Agency Equity Metrics a Work in Progress, Services Too Burdensome for Disadvantaged Groups

Acting OMB Director Shalanda Young described the measurement of equitable service as a “nascent” field, in need of constant development and review.

Federal Prosecutors Call on Justice Dept. to Close Pay Gap With Other Lawyers

An employee association said assistant U.S. attorneys make as much as $40,000 less than other attorneys at the Justice Department, a gap that hinders the corps’ diversity goals.

Employee Group Calls on OPM to Ban Salary History from Hiring

An employee organization focused on gender equity at the Justice Department said the federal government should stop asking job applicants for their salary history, a practice that contributes to pay disparity across gender and race.

Hiring and Retention Are Key to Modernizing the State Department, Experts Testify

The secretary of State has said he is committed to “recruiting, retaining, promoting officers with the skills to contend with 21st century challenges and who look like the country we represent.”

63% of Workers Who File an EEOC Discrimination Complaint Lose Their Jobs

Workers who filed complaints faced retaliation and rarely got a favorable result from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Federal Diversity Officers Stress Importance of Data 

OPM, State Department, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence officials speak about Biden’s recent executive order and what they’ve already been doing. 

OPM Asks Watchdog to Review Assessment Process for Prestigious Fellowship Amid Diversity Concerns

The agency acknowledged an “unacceptable decline” in finalists in certain demographic groups and is taking steps to improve inclusivity within the program.  

Lawmaker Wants to Grill Officers on Critical Race Theory Before Approving Promotions

It’s the latest step Sen. Tom Cotton has proposed to stop “culture wars” within the military.

Building On Biden’s EO on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Research offers recommendations for improving transparency, access, recruitment and accountability.

Biden Signs Sweeping Order to Improve Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Across Federal Workforce

All agencies will be required to submit a plan to improve their diversity initiatives, while OPM will be tasked with ensuring its various benefits programs are responsive to LGBTQ+ employees’ needs.

Austin, Milley Push Back on Lawmakers’ ‘Critical Race Theory’ Accusations

Republicans ask why West Point cadets learn about ‘White Rage,’ in pointed exchanges with nation’s first Black defense secretary.

Researchers: Career Metrics Uphold Racism, Sexism in Science

The publication and citation metrics that mark career success for academic researchers ensure that racism and sexism maintain their hold, an essay argues.

NIH Aims to Boost Diversity and Inclusion Within Its Biomedical Workforce 

The agency said the changes, which are part of a larger plan to combat structural racism in biomedical research, are “long overdue.”

GovExec Daily: How an RFI Can Further Biden Diversity Goals

Stan Soloway joins the podcast to discuss how a recent request for information is being used as a crowd-sourcing tool for policy solutions around equity goals.

There Have Been Huge Gaps in FBI Hate Crime Data for Years. A New Law Aims to Fix That.

A lack of reliable hate crime data has left authorities with neither a complete understanding of such incidents nor the tools needed to address them, ProPublica reported. A bill Biden just signed will start to address that.