The American intelligence community wants a workforce that reflects the American people. To achieve this goal, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence releases a report every year on the makeup of the IC. The study looks at the participation of women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Here are the key takeaways from this year’s report.

  • 2018 saw the first increase in women’s participation in the IC.
  • Minority representation in the IC workforce increased from 25.5 percent to 26.2 percent
  • Women made up 37.3 percent of managers and supervisors, a 1% increase from the previous year.
  • Of all promotions in the IC, minorities accounted for 26.1 percent, an increase from 2017.

These numbers are encouraging, but there’s still room for improvement.

Minorities, women, and people with disabilities are not as prevalent in higher pay grades. Also, minorities and people with disabilities left the IC at higher rates. The IC is hiring a more diverse workforce, but it may be having trouble retaining them.

The report also showed the IC’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. Last year the IC participated in a number of cultural events designed to reach out to minority populations. The IC is also promoting employee-led groups that focus on diversity.

The annual diversity report highlight’s the government’s commitment to working to attract and retain diverse workers for intelligence careers. If you’re passionate about public service and looking for an exciting career – the IC is looking for you.

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