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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Permanent Workforce: 17,131 Temporary Workforce: 1,391 Total Workforce: 18,522

Workforce Composition

Total # Men Women Hispanic or Latino White Black or African American Asian Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander American Indian / Alaska Native Two or More Races Individuals with Targeted Disabilities
Permanent Workforce 17,131 64.48% 35.52% 5.77% 75.06% 11.65% 6.11% 0.08% 0.75% 0.58% 1.06%
Major Occupations:
AEROSPACE ENGINEERING 4,493 79.81% 20.19% 5.39% 79.97% 5.68% 7.66% 0.04% 0.58% 0.69% 0.65%
GENERAL ENGINEERING 2,980 76.38% 23.62% 6.85% 80.74% 5.81% 5.23% 0.00% 0.94% 0.44% 0.30%
COMPUTER ENGINEERING 904 70.91% 29.09% 4.31% 71.90% 10.40% 12.39% 0.11% 0.22% 0.66% 0.55%
GS-14 and GS-15* 8,414 74.25% 25.75% 4.84% 80.28% 7.17% 6.58% 0.07% 0.58% 0.48% 0.53%
Senior Pay Level* 572 79.72% 20.28% 4.55% 84.27% 4.90% 5.24% 0.00% 0.35% 0.70% 0.35%
SES 438 74.89% 25.11% 4.79% 84.47% 5.71% 4.11% 0.00% 0.23% 0.68% 0.23%
Mid-Level Officials/ Mgrs 336 62.80% 37.20% 5.06% 71.43% 14.29% 8.04% 0.60% 0.30% 0.30% 0.30%
Senior-Level Officials/ Mgrs 1,979 73.42% 26.58% 5.66% 81.86% 7.02% 4.40% 0.05% 0.56% 0.45% 0.40%

*Does not include pay-banded employees

Targeted Disabilities

As of September 30, 2009, NASA employed 183 (0.99%) Individuals with Targeted Disabilities (IWTD). In order to have met the federal 2% participation rate goal, 370 IWTD were needed. This represents an increase of 10 employees over FY 2008 and an increase of 6 employees since FY 2005. The participation rate for FY 2008 was 0.93% and for FY 2005 was 0.94%. Over the 5-year period NASA had a net increase of 0.05% in employees with targeted disabilities.

EEO Complaint Processing

I. Counseling

NASA timely processed 63.4% of the 71 pre-complaint counselings (without remands) completed in FY 2009.

II. Bases of Complaints Filed

The bases of alleged discrimination most often raised were: (1) Reprisal; (2) Age; and (3) Race (Black/African American). Of the 48 complaints filed at NASA, 16 contained allegations of race (Black/African American) discrimination, 6 contained allegations of race (White) discrimination, 4 contained allegations of race (Asian) discrimination, 6 contained allegations of color discrimination and 13 contained allegations of disability discrimination.

III. Complaint Processing Times

Of the 31 completed investigations, 64.5% were timely. NASA's average time for completing an investigation was 195 days. Of the agencies completing 25 or more investigations, the Tennessee Valley Authority had the lowest average of 100 days.

NASA's average processing time for all complaint closures increased from 358 days in FY 2008 to 392 days in FY 2009. The government-wide average was 344 days.

IV. Costs

NASA reported paying no monetary benefits for 4 pre-complaint settlements. NASA expended a total of $145,302 for 31 complaint investigations, for an average expenditure of $4,687.

NASA agreed to pay a total of $14,500 plus other benefits for 14 complaint closures through settlement agreements, final agency decisions, and final agency orders fully implementing AJ decisions. For complaint closures with monetary benefits, the average award was $1,036.

Outcome of Counselings Completed in FY 2009
Pre-Complaint Counseling Outcomes Completed by EEO Counselor Completed Using ADR All Completed Counselings
# % # % # %
Pre-Complaint Counselings: 60 11 71
Settlements 3 5% 1 9.1% 4 5.6%
Withdrawals or No Complaints Filed 21 35% 0 0% 21 29.6%
Complaints Filed* 44 62%
Decision to File Complaint Pending at End of Fiscal Year 2 2.8%

*Includes only complaints filed in FY 2009 where counseling was also completed during FY 2009.

Agency Use of ADR for EEO Dispute Resolution in FY 2009
Counseling Complaint
Completed/Ended Counselings/Complaint Closures 71 49
Total Number Offered ADR 11 16
ADR Offer Rate* 15.5% 32.7%
ADR Participation Rate* 15.5% 26.5%
Total ADR Settlements 1 4
Total ADR Settlements Amount $0.00 $15,500.00

* EEOC revised the formula for calculating the ADR offer and participation rates in FY 2006.

Timeliness in FY 2009
Total # # Timely % Timely FY 2008 APD* FY 2009 APD % Change
All Pre-Complaint Counselings (minus remands) 71 45 63.4%
All Investigations 31 20 64.5% 185 195 5.4%
All Complaint Closures 49 358 392 9.5%
Merit Decisions (no AJ) 16 0 0% 307 556 81.1%
Dismissal Decisions (no AJ) 12 401 180 -55.1%

*APD = Average Processing Days

Outcomes of Complaints in FY 2009
Complaint Closures Final Agency Decision (no AJ Decision) Final Order (AJ Decision Fully Implemented) Final Order (AJ Decision Not Fully Implemented)
# % # % # % # %
Total Complaints Filed 48
Total Closures 49
Settlements 13 26.5%
Withdrawals 3 6.1%
Total Final Agency Actions 33 67.4% 28 84.8% 5 15.2% 0 0%
Dismissals 12 36.4% 12 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Merit Decisions 21 63.6% 16 76.2% 5 23.8% 0 0%
Finding Discrimination 1 4.8% 1 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Finding No Discrimination 20 95.2% 15 75% 5 25% 0 0%