Faces and Voices of the United States Abroad: Diversity at U.S. Foreign Affairs Agencies [January 21, 2021] [open pdf - 3MB]
From the Introduction: "For many decades, Congress and successive Administrations established laws and policies to achieve a federal workforce that reflects the diverse characteristics of the American public , including race, ethnicity, sex, age, and disability. While increased diversity is a stated goal across much of the federal workforce, it has unique implications for foreign policy agencies, whose personnel often represent the official face and voice of the United States abroad. [...] This report discusses the relevance of workforce diversity in the U.S. foreign policy context and provides information and analysis on racial, ethnic, sex, and other aspects of diversity and minority representation within the workforces of the primary U.S. agencies responsible for international diplomacy and foreign assistance: the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), and the Peace Corps, among others. The report discusses diversity at these agencies in the context of whole-of-government efforts to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion, agency-specific policies and programs related to diversity, and how personnel diversity may affect each agency's unique role in foreign policy. It ends with a discussion of related issues for Congress."
CRS Report for Congress, R46660
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/