"Despite promises, CIA failing to hire, promote minorities; As numbers fall, director vows to bolster diversity" by Ken Dilanian Associated Press July 01, 2015
WASHINGTON — The CIA is failing to hire and promote enough minorities despite years of vowing to do so, Director John Brennan said Tuesday, announcing a new effort to tackle the problem of a largely white workforce whose lack of diversity he says is undercutting the spy agency’s intelligence mission.
Awww, poor CIA!
Brennan handed out an internal study that paints a stark picture of a CIA that does not reflect America.
They never have, and not because of race. When the public learns of their monstrous deeds, we are appalled. Like, you know, torture.
The CIA’s senior executive ranks are only 10.8 percent racial and ethnic minorities, the studied concluded, in a nation where non-whites comprise about 30 percent of the population.
The agency has seen the percentage of minorities hired slip since 2008, the study found, despite previous diversity pushes by past directors.
‘‘We didn’t achieve the goals and objectives that we had as an institution,’’ Brennan said.
The director pledged to change course, promising to hold senior managers accountable for hiring and promoting minority candidates. That has not happened to date, stated the study, which was led by Vernon Jordan, a prominent African-American figure in Washington who serves on CIA
advisory boards. The team interviewed more than 200 current and former CIA employees, Jordan wrote in a letter, and used results of a workforce survey with a 40 percent response rate.
‘‘The agency does not hold its officers accountable for creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace,’’ the study stated.
Brennan acknowledged that some employees will greet his move with cynicism, having heard such rhetoric before.
‘‘We’re not kidding,’’ he said. ‘‘This is real, this time.’’
But Brennan, who is fluent in Arabic and led the CIA station in Saudi Arabia, spoke of a pressing, mission-driven need for more diversity.
‘‘Individuals who look like me, they’re not going to be able to operate clandestinely in as many parts of the world,’’ said Brennan, who is white.
Yeah, we need more covert assets like IS and Al-CIA-Duh, etc. More covert screwing in other countries, more drug smugglers, and who knows what else, according to this liar.
Racial and ethnic minorities — defined by the CIA as anyone other than whites of European descent — comprise 23.9 percent of the entire workforce, but they are below 20 percent of the elite job categories of operations officer and intelligence analyst, the study found. Operators who gather intelligence as well as analysts are the driving force of the organization.
While the CIA has done a good job integrating white women into its upper ranks, minority women have not fared nearly as well, the study found.
Related: Put the Blame on Plame, Boys
Remember the way Bush told the lie?
"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium.... (pause for dramatic effect).... from Africa."
Oooooh, the dark continent! Never mind that yellowcake that never was had to go through French agencies so they knew it was all bull.
Strikingly, the agency lost ground in black recruitment and promotion since 2004 after making progress from 1984 to 2004. The study attributed the drop in part to a weakening of informal mentoring networks of black officers.
I think it was the Driving Miss Daisy culture.
Or maybe the blacks just don't want to work for a scumbag organization.
And its recruitment of minorities in general since 2008 has not kept pace with the current workforce percentage, the study found.
I really no longer give a f*** to tell you the truth. CIA doing its part to stir up race problems when CLA$$ is where its at. Plenty of diversity in that $cum cru$t.
A CIA official, who spoke under agency ground rules that he not be named, said that while large numbers of minorities are expressing interest, the rate at which they make it through the lengthy and arduous hiring process has plummeted.
Just the fact that they are talking proves an agenda at work.
That may be in part due to the economy, Brennan said, acknowledging that CIA starting salaries can’t typically compete with corporate job offers.
But he also acknowledged that the byzantine security clearance process — bemoaned for years as an impediment to hiring nontraditional candidates or those with foreign relatives — must be streamlined.
Related: Critics fault vetting for US security jobs
ISIS™ is in charge of background security checks?
He said he wants to ‘‘curb out unnecessary bureaucracy.’’
In March of 2011, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta gave a speech at Atlanta’s historically black Morehouse College touting the agency’s ‘‘comprehensive initiative to strengthen its workforce diversity,’’ which he said began in 2009.
That effort failed, the study made clear. Brennan promised not to repeat that failure.
‘‘Our words are not hollow,’’ he said. ‘‘We will follow through with strong action.’’
Now, if you don't mind, I've got some drone operations I need to check on.
Not a diverse population there. All the victims are brown or black.