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NCUA reports to Congress on diversity gains
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (4/1/14)--The National Credit Union Administration continues to make progress in increasing the diversity of its workforce and its vendors, according to a report to Congress released Monday. However, the rate of increase in minorities collectively represented in the NCUA workforce slowed from the significant increase of the year prior.
 
The report indicates that minorities collectively represented 26.8% of the agency's workforce in 2013. The NCUA notes that that is a 1.6 percentage point increase from 2011, but it is up just 0.1 percentage point from 2012.
 
"NCUA is absolutely committed to developing a stronger, more diverse workplace where everyone's talents are recognized and opportunities abound," said NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz in a release. "We take this responsibility very seriously as part of the overall effort to make the agency an employer of choice. We are likewise committed to expanding the opportunities for minority- and women-owned companies to do business with NCUA."

The report notes that total dollar awards to women- and minority-owned businesses was $8.3 million in 2013, a 137% increase from 2012, and that amount represented 22% of all reportable contracts.

Among the report's other findings for 2013:
  • Women represented 43.7% of all employees in 2013, and 42.6% of senior staff. The year priot women in senior staff positions increased to 41% from 24% , which represented a 17% increase;
  • African Americans represented 14.5% of all employees and 7.4% of senior staff;
  • Hispanic Americans represented 4.4% of all employees and 3.7% of senior staff; and
  • Asian Americans, including Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders, represented 5.8% of all employees and 3.7% of senior staff.
The percentages of minority employees remained stable from 2012 or showed slight increases.

In its release the NCUA notes that the agency is regularly recognized by the Partnership for Public Service as a desirable place for women and minorities to work, earning high marks for leadership, diversity, fairness and employee empowerment. Among mid-sized federal agencies, the NCUA ranked first in 2013 with Hispanics and African Americans in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

Established Jan. 21, 2011, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion is responsible for all agency matters relating to measuring, monitoring and establishing policies for diversity in NCUA's management, employment and business activities. OMWI is also responsible for assessing the diversity policies and practices of NCUA's regulated entities, excluding the enforcement of statutes, regulations and executive orders pertaining to civil rights.
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