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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Contact: Carla Coolman
Tel: 202-606-2402

Interagency Task Force on Hispanic Employment in Federal Government Meets at OPM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Dan G. Blair today hosted a meeting of the Interagency Task Force on Hispanic Employment in Federal Government. The task force includes representatives from 40 federal agencies who were invited to discuss Hispanic-related employment issues.

"The federal government continues to be a leader in providing employment opportunities to minorities," said Blair. "Over the past four years, government data has shown an upward trend in the overall Hispanic representation in the federal workforce. This reflects President Bush's commitment to strive for a workforce that draws from the strength of America's diversity."

The purpose of this meeting was to review practices, assess progress and evaluate further actions related to Hispanic representation in the federal workforce. While Hispanics remain the only underrepresented minority group in the federal government, progress is being made. In Fiscal Year 2004, Hispanics represented 7.3 percent of the federal workforce, an increase from 7.0 the previous year.

Federal agencies have available a variety of special hiring programs, authorities and flexibilities to meet their human capital needs. The Student Career Experience Program and the Federal Career Internship Program are two important hiring programs federal agencies are using to recruit candidates from diverse backgrounds.

OPM staff presented highlights from this year's Statistical Information on Hispanic Employment in Federal Agencies, a report prepared for the President, including:

  • A 6.6 percent increase in the number of Hispanics in the permanent Federal workforce from FY 2003.
  • An increase in the number of Hispanic permanent new hires at high grade levels and senior level positions.
  • An increase in the number of Hispanic new hires under the Student Career Experience Program.

Previous OPM Statistical Information on Hispanic Employment in Federal Agencies reports to the President can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/Diversity/Hispanic/index.asp.

The Interagency Task Force on Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government was created by Executive Order 13171, and the first meeting took place in October 2001.

In addition to OPM, below is the list of participating Federal Agencies:

Court Services and Offenders Supervision Agency

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Executive Office of the President

Export-Import Bank of the United States

Farm Credit Administration

Federal Communications Commission

General Services Administration

Inter-American Foundation

International Broadcasting Bureau

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Science Foundation

Occupational Safety & Health Review

Peace Corps

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Selective Service System

U.S. Agency for International Development

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Army

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

U.S. Navy

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. Social Security Administration

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Our mission is to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve work force performance.


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