Latest federal diversity report from OPM shows little or no progress and some regression

The Office of Personnel Management in Washington. (Shawn Thew/European Pressphoto Agency)

If Uncle Sam is committed to increasing the level of racial, ethnic and gender diversity in his government, particularly at the highest levels of the civil service, you sure can’t tell it from the latest statistics.

Office of Personnel Management (OPM) figures show diversity levels have improved little, stayed flat or, in some cases, regressed over the most recent period studied.

“The percentage of minorities in the Senior Executive Service (SES) remained the same in FY 2016 as it was in FY 2015 at 21.2%,” according to the recently released Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program Report to Congress for fiscal year 2016. Women demonstrated the largest SES increase, with a 1 percentage-point…

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