State Department’s Breakthrough Report Unveils Nation’s Demographics
A Closer Look at the Department’s Workforce Diversity
Journal Press: Washington, D.C. – The Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (S/ODI) has published the first two years’ worth of data from the Department of State’s newly established Demographic Baseline Report (DBR). This comprehensive report provides a bureau-by-bureau breakdown of the department’s workforce data, including information on race, ethnicity, sex, disability, grade/rank, and job series/skill codes. The DBR aims to evaluate the department’s progress in reflecting the diversity of the nation and identify any barriers to equal employment opportunity. It further aligns with the government-wide initiative to enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal workforce.
Assessing Workforce Diversity for National Security
The Department of State recognizes that a diverse workplace is crucial for effectively representing and serving the interests of the American people. While parts of the department’s workforce display diversity, there is still room for improvement. Embracing diversity is not only a hallmark of American values but also a key national security imperative. By ensuring that the workforce fully encompasses the rich tapestry of America, the United States can better navigate the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
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Demographic Baseline Report: The Key to Assessing Progress
The recently released DBR dataset encompasses full-time, permanent, and direct-hire Civil Service and Foreign Service employees as of September 30, 2022. The report aims to promote transparency and accountability within the department by openly sharing workforce data with employees, Congress, and the public. Through this data-driven approach, the Department of State demonstrates its commitment to providing equal opportunities for all employees to reach their full potential while safeguarding and advancing U.S. national security interests.
Executive Orders Driving Diversity and Inclusion
The publication of the Demographic Baseline Report falls in line with Executive Order 14035 issued by the Biden-Harris Administration, which directs all government agencies to establish diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) as core values within the Federal workforce. Furthermore, in the National Security and Foreign Policy Workforce, National Security Memorandum-3 emphasizes the necessity of advancing DEIA to enhance the diversity of those engaged in critical roles related to national security and foreign policy.
Making Strides Towards a Diverse Workforce
The data provided in the DBR serves as a starting point for the Department of State’s ongoing efforts to foster a diverse workforce. By utilizing the report’s insights, the department can develop targeted initiatives to improve representation and promote equal opportunity across all levels and job series/skill codes.
Open Access to the Demographic Baseline Report
To access the Demographic Baseline Report or gain further information, individuals can visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website. For inquiries or clarifications, please contact SODI_PD@state.gov. Stay informed about the Department of State’s progress in DEIA by following @StateDeptDEIA on Twitter.
Conclusion: Embracing Diversity for a Resilient Future
The Department of State’s release of the Demographic Baseline Report signifies its commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment. By openly assessing its workforce diversity and identifying areas for improvement, the department aims to better serve the American people’s interests and fulfill its national security obligations. With diversity acting as a comparative advantage, the Department of State strives to position the United States as a global leader in the 21st century and adeptly navigate the challenges that lie ahead.