This is an important time for AAFEA, who has been advocating on behalf of black federal civil servants for nearly 20 years, to be heard.
The Senior Executives Association points out the non-SES portion of the federal workforce is 18% black, but the SES is less than 11% black.
Another senior Pentagon official is resigning. Katie Wheelbarger, the acting assistant secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs submitted her letter of resignation on Wednesday.
The State Department has recognized diversity challenges across multiple administrations, but GAO has reported on the same workforce challenges for the past 30 years.
Joe Paiva, a retired Army officer and former CIO at the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, offers federal and industry executives some ideas for making hiring more equitable and less unintentionally biased.
Diversity is only half of the agency’s upcoming workforce strategy. Mirembe Nantongo, one of the State Department’s deputy assistant secretaries in the Bureau of Global Talent Management, said the other half focuses on inclusion.
The workforce at the Department of Homeland Security is more diverse than most other federal agencies, but the agency struggles to retain those employees for future leadership positions.
In effort to foster a more diverse and inclusive workforce, the Coast Guard is also developing a new certification program to create “diversity and inclusion practitioners” across its leadership cadre.
Ahead of Public Service Recognition Week, the federal community will remind Americans that the employees who serve them are a diverse group of people who live and work throughout the country.
The CIO Council’s event highlighted the role of women and the impact they are making in the federal IT, cybersecurity.