President Clinton Takes Action to Increase Opportunities
For Hispanic Americans in the Federal Workforce
October 12, 2000
Today, President Clinton signed a new Executive Order to increase
efforts to employ Hispanic Americans in the federal government.
Building on the President's commitment to creating an Administration
that reflects America's diversity and increasing prosperity for all
Americans, this Order will improve government recruitment and career
development of Hispanic Americans -- a group historically
under-represented in the federal workforce.
TAKING ACTION TO IMPROVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RECRUITMENT OF HISPANIC
AMERICANS. The Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government Executive
Order, signed today by President Clinton, will improve efforts to
increase federal employment of Hispanic Americans and build on the
President's work to create a diverse Administration that looks like
America. Specifically, through this Executive Order, the President
Direct all Administration departments and agencies to establish
and maintain programs for the recruitment and career development of
Hispanic Americans in federal employment.
Direct all Administration departments and agencies to eliminate
systemic barriers to recruitment of Hispanic Americans and incorporate
objectives of this Executive Order into their agency's Government
Performance and Results Act planning.
Establish an Interagency Task Force, chaired by the Director of
the Office of Personnel Management, to assess overall Executive Branch
progress in complying with the requirements of the Order, provide advice
on ways to increase Hispanic community involvement, assess best
practices in strategic human resources management planning and report
findings and recommendations annually to the President.
Direct the Office of Personnel Management to provide policy
guidance to address Hispanic American under-representation in the
federal government and lead the effort to promote diversity in the
WORKING TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS SHARE IN OUR NATION'S PROSPERITY.
President Clinton is committed to ensuring that all Americans
participate in our nation's unprecedented prosperity, including
benefiting from federal employment opportunities. Studies published by
the Office of Personnel Management, the General Accounting Office and
the Merit Systems Protection Board document that Hispanic Americans are
under-represented in the federal government. Hispanic Americans
represent 6.4 percent of the federal workforce and only 2.7 percent of
the Senior Executive Service, despite the fact that they represent 11.4
percent of the U.S. labor force. To correct this historic
under-representation, President Clinton is taking action to ensure that
opportunities within the federal workforce are available to all
Americans, including Hispanic Americans.
CREATING AN ADMINISTRATION THAT LOOKS LIKE AMERICA. President Clinton
has appointed the most diverse Cabinet and Administration, with the most
Hispanic American appointments and judicial nominees, in history:
Hispanic Americans make up seven percent of Senate confirmed
appointments, including Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson and Small
Business Administrator Aida Alvarez.
Nine percent of Presidential appointments, including boards and
commissions, are held by Hispanic Americans, including Assistant to the
President and White House Deputy Chief of Staff Maria Echaveste;
Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
Mickey Ibarra; Secretary of the Army Luis Caldera; Equal Employment
Opportunity Commissioner Ida Castro; Office of Personnel Management
Deputy Director John U. Sepulveda; Federal Communications Commissioner
Gloria Tristani; and Selective Service Systems Director Gil Coronado.
Six percent of all President Clinton's judicial appointments are
Hispanic Americans, including the Honorable Richard Paez, Judge, Ninth
Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; the Honorable Jose Cabranes, Judge,
Second Circuit U.S. Circuit Court; the Honorable Julio Fuentes, Judge,
Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; the Honorable Carlos Moreno, Judge,
Central District of California, U.S. District Court; and the Honorable
Hilda Tagle, Judge, Southern District of Texas, U.S. District Court.
President Clinton has appointed as many Hispanic-Americans to the
federal judiciary (23 total) as Presidents Bush and Reagan combined, and
has appointed more Hispanic-Americans to the federal appeals courts than
Presidents Bush, Reagan, and Carter combined.