The United States Federal Government Essay

1325 Words Jul 22nd, 2015 6 Pages
The United States Federal Government is the largest employer in the country. Federal employees not only provide services to the citizens of the United States, but also interact and engage with personnel from across the world. The federal government has found itself in a unique position; diversity is essential to its success across the globe and also in serving its citizens.
The federal government should set the standard of diversity for U.S. companies and businesses to follow; its successes and failures in the diversity arena are extremely visible giving it the opportunity to lead by example and its citizens reaping the benefits. A diverse workforce in the federal government has not always been considered a priority for leadership in regards to hiring and retention of federal employees however, in over the years the federal government has made gains in diversifying its workforce, even surpassing the private sector in most minority groups (Lynch, 2000).
The benefits of a diverse workforce are not always recognized. Our government enforces laws in order to allow more citizens an opportunity to work and succeed. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin, was a federal law put in place for all U.S. businesses to adhere to.
A quick online search on the definition of diversity will result in an abundance of results. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) defines…

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