Showing posts with label Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.). Show all posts

Friday, October 5, 2007

"Bill Pushes Diversity Among Senior (Government) Executives"

According to the Washington Post,

"Legislation to promote diversity in the government's career executive ranks was introduced yesterday by the chairmen of the House and Senate federal workplace subcommittees.
Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) and Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) said their bill would address the lack of diversity in the Senior Executive Service, the group of about 6,300 career executives who manage the day-to-day operations of the government.

The bill would establish a Senior Executive Service program office in the Office of Personnel Management. The proposed office would collect and maintain data on the race, ethnicity, gender and any disabilities of people who have been certified as qualified to serve in the SES.

The bill also would require federal agencies to establish SES evaluation panels to review the qualifications of applicants for SES jobs. Each panel would have three members. One must be a woman and one other a member of a racial or ethnic minority group.

'We are doing this really to try to bring about some improvement in the management of the Senior Executive Service and to enhance diversity,' Akaka said.

Davis said 'diversity is valuable because it can bring a wider variety of perspectives and approaches to policy development and implementation. Minorities and women need to be at the table to contribute when strategic planning, problem solving and decision making take place.'
Davis added, 'What I see as I visit federal agencies is a senior-level workforce that is not reflective of the diverse people we serve.' "