The Affirmative Action Programs in Three Bureaus of the Department of Justice Should Be Improved

Gao ID: FPCD-78-53 July 5, 1978

Affirmative action programs were evaluated at the Department of Justice's Federal Prison System; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration; and offices, boards, and divisions.

Some progress has been made toward increasing the representation and improving the distribution of women and minorities in the work force. For example, from July 1, 1974, through December 31, 1976, the number of women in the offices, boards, and divisions increased 15 percent while total employment increased 10 percent, and the number of female attorneys increased 77 percent. However, the number of minority persons at these organizations increased 7 percent while the total number of employees rose 10 percent. Women and minorities remained largely concentrated in clerical and administrative occupations in all of the bureaus. Implementation of the programs was hampered because bureaus were not making internal evaluations, and training for managers and supervisors was not provided. Coordination among bureaus in planning programs was also lacking.


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