The percentage of women in the government workforce fell slightly, by 0.3 percent, to about 44 percent. However, women and minorities made gains in senior pay levels, the report said:
6,839 women in senior pay levels, a 7.9 percent increase
4,059 minorities in senior pay levels, a 9.4 percent increase
It remains unclear what fueled the increase, the report said. “However, some of the increase is due to agencies transitioning from pay-for-performance systems (e.g., the National Security Personnel System in the case of Department of Defense) to the General Schedule system. The agencies transitioned employees from the pay-for-performance system to the General Schedule system based on duties and responsibilities, which in some cases resulted in positions being classified at the Senior Pay Level.”
OPM has directed its Executive Resources and Employee Development Office to work to “increase diversity and leadership in the Senior Executive Service (SES) by, among other things, assisting agencies as they increase the diversity and talent in the SES applicant pools,” director John Berry wrote in the report’s introduction.