Director's Diversity in Leadership Study: Overcoming Barriers to Advancement   [open pdf - 752KB]

"Building upon the CIA's February 2013 study by the Director's Advisory Group on Women in Leadership (DAG), the DLS [Diversity in Leadership Study] team of CIA officers--guided by a group of six External Senior Advisors--took three initial steps: [a] Defined the scope of the Study, focusing on the experiences of minority officers, as well as the characteristics of gender, sexual orientation, and disability status. [b] Articulated the central importance of diversity in leadership in the enhancement of mission performance in every way: 1) better decision-making and problem-solving capabilities; 2) effective use of the workforce's talents; 3) greater cultural competence to collaborate with colleagues and enhance mission performance; 4) more innovation; and 5) promoting the Agency as an employer of choice in an increasingly diverse nation. [c] Identified the dramatic gap between the composition of the workforce and that of the leadership ranks. Racial and ethnic minority officers make up 23.9% of the entire CIA workforce, but account for only 10.8% of the Senior Intelligence Service (SIS), 15.2% of GS-15s, and 21.0% of GS-14s. A similar gap between the workforce and the leadership ranks exists for minority female officers and officers with disabilities. Moreover, the occupations that most commonly serve as paths to executive ranks (Analysis, Technical Intelligence, and Operations) have minority representation lower than 10% at the GS-15 level or above. As of 1 January 2015, only two members of the D/CIA's Senior Staff Meeting were minority officers. […] Despite the findings of numerous prior studies, including the DAG, the record clearly suggests that the senior leadership of the Agency is not committed to diversity. The fact is that there has been little progress over the past several decades in diversifying the leadership cadre and pipeline and in sustaining the hiring of diverse officers."

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