DIVERSITY AT THE FBI
To effectively accomplish our mission, the FBI needs people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. The FBI values and leverages human differences, opinions and perspectives to empower our FBI community to achieve its greatest potential. The FBI’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion is integrated into every facet of employment, including leadership and career development, recruitment, staffing, workforce planning and sustainability. At every level and in every position, the FBI embraces unique perspectives to accomplish its mission.
Repeatedly Recognized as a “Best Place to Work” For Diversity
Did you know that the FBI was recently named as one of DiversityJobs’ Top Employers for 2020 in government? That’s not surprising given our concerted efforts in promoting diversity throughout our workforce and ensuring fairness and equality for all employees. We’ve also been named one of the Top 20 Government Employers by Woman Engineer magazine in its Spring 2020 issue and one of the Top Government & Law Enforcement Agencies by the Black EOE Journal. We’re proud to be recognized as an employer who has shown consistent outreach and dedication to hiring from all diversity groups and will continue to promote equality and inclusion in all that we do.
That’s not all. The FBI was also recognized as one of Equal Opportunity Magazine’s Top 20 Government Employers based on its Readers Choice Awards in 2019. This consistent recognition further emphasizes our commitment to diversity and equality within the workplace — be it in the field, in the lab or within our Washington, DC Headquarters. At the FBI, everyone is welcome!
This year alone, the FBI has been recognized as:
- Top Employer for 2020 in Government
- Top 20 Government Employer
- Top Government & Law Enforcement Agency
- Top 20 Government Employer for 2020
- Diversity Agent Recruitment Event
The FBI is committed to building a high performing, diverse and inclusive workforce. However, there are still disproportionately low numbers of individuals from diverse backgrounds within the Special Agent ranks. The FBI is addressing this issue by adopting a new approach to recruiting.
The Diversity Agent Recruitment (DAR) event is a by-invitation information session designed to introduce potential applicants from diverse backgrounds to the Special Agent position with the goal of increasing their numbers within the Special Agent ranks. During a DAR event, potential applicants are given the opportunity to obtain information about the FBI, ask questions about the Special Agent position, and interact with FBI personnel. This targeted approach to recruiting gives applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds the opportunity to see themselves as part of the FBI family.
Applicants who attend a DAR event and apply to the Special Agent position must meet the same qualifications and are subject to the same application process as every other Special Agent applicant. DAR events are scheduled for several cities throughout the United States.
Explore Previous DAR Events
Click here to read Former FBI Director James Comey’s remarks from the Washington, D.C. DAR event.
Click here to read an article on the Washington, D.C. DAR event.
Click here to read an article and view videos from the Houston, TX DAR event.
Interested in Attending a DAR Event?
Click here to register to attend a DAR event near you.
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- Diversity Statistics
People with Disabilities
- Diversity Advisory Committees
Committed to the expansion of diversity throughout the FBI, the Diversity Advisory Committees (DACs) provide feedback to FBI leadership about the success of diversity policies, programs, and practices as they relate to underrepresented communities. The committees encourage employee engagement on diversity and inclusion matters, as well as participation in commemorative programs, cultural awareness activities, and diversity training. Goals and objectives of the DACs include:
- Eliminating discriminatory practices;
- Ensuring that all communities and individuals are appropriately represented throughout the workforce;
- Enhancing the recruitment, employment, retention and advancement of diverse employees and applicants within the FBI; and
- Identifying employment barriers and recommending specific actions to remove these barriers in order to minimize their impact on underrepresented employees.
The nine FBI Diversity Advisory Committees consist of the:
- American Indian/Alaska Native Advisory Committee
- Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee
- Black Affairs Diversity Committee
- Hispanic Advisory Board
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Advisory Committee
- Near & Middle East Advisory Committee
- Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee
- Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee
- Women’s Advisory Committee
- Non-Competitive Hiring of Individuals with Disabilities
The FBI’s diversity initiatives also extend to persons with disabilities. The FBI has established a non-competitive appointing authority similar to the directive used in the competitive service under Schedule A (5 CFR 213.3102(u)) for persons with developmental disabilities, severe physical disabilities and/or psychiatric disabilities.
Supporting documentation for consideration under this authority may include a certification of job readiness (for consideration for permanent appointment) and proof of a qualifying disability issued from a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist or any federal or state agency. An agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits may also certify the applicant as a person with a disability, describing the ability of the applicant to perform the essential duties of the position for which he or she is applying.
For more information, please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Federal Employment of People with Disabilities page.
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