GAO Sees Opportunity to Reduce Whites in Senior Government Jobs

GAO says agencies have to take action to reduce the number of whites in SES positions and replace them with non-whites in the near future.

More than half of the current SES members will have left government by October 1, 2007 according to the GAO. The GAO predicts that many of these senior executives will be white men and their replacements are likely to be white women unless agency management takes action to prevent this from occurring.

GAO says there are enough minorities available to take advantage of this opportunity to reduce the number of whites in the SES and replace them with people who are not of European descent.

This latest GAO report contains facts and figures on the racial and gender compositon of the workforce and makes recommendations on setting up programs to reduce the number of Caucasians in the senior executive corps. The report is available from the link on the left hand side of the page.

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Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47