Friday, June 17, 2016

Intelligence Agencies Lagging in Diversity - FED WEEK

Originally published: June 16, 2016

Intelligence community agencies plan to boost their efforts to promote diversity in their workforces, following the first public disclosure of the demographics of that workforce, encompassing six major intelligence agencies and 11 intelligence components of other departments.

The intelligence community “falls short in comparison to the rest of the federal workforce,” the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in releasing the report. “Despite significant efforts, the IC has not substantially increased the number of minority employees over time.”

For example, minorities make up about 25 percent of the IC workforce compared to about 35 percent overall, while women make up about 39 percent compared to about 43 percent. The percentage of minorities is up by less than two points since 2011, which the report used as a baseline year, while the percentage of women was a tenth of a point lower.