Diversity and Inclusion Remained High Priority for CBP During FY2010
WASHINGTON, D.C.—During fiscal year 2010, U.S Customs and Border Protection made great strides in carrying out its dual missions of protecting the nation from terrorists and their weapons as well as facilitating legitimate trade and travel. CBP strives, along side these priority missions, to value, understand and incorporate the differences each employee brings to the workplace to better fulfill our homeland security mission in a society that is growing in cultural complexity.
CBP is focused on eliminating barriers that restrict equal employment for all individuals and creating an environment of cultural appreciation and awareness which supports the diversity and inclusiveness of our workforce. CBP announced today some of the highlights associated with this commitment.
- CBP experienced growing diversity as one in three employees currently working in the border security agency are Hispanic. CBP's 35.9 percent Latino labor force outpaces the national civilian force, which is 9.01 percent Latino Americans.
- As a result of targeted outreach to underrepresented groups and recruitment activities, the total number of women hired in CBP's workforce increased by almost 2 percent.
- Overall, there was an increase of 7.3 percent in the minority make-up of the CBP workforce including 27 percent of our workforce being military veterans who accounted for 29.7 percent of new hires in FY 10.
- In FY 10, CBP developed and implemented a diversity-driven National Recruitment Strategy that included recruitment at 135 minority-serving institute events and 418 minority/special emphasis events. CBP also participated in more than 197 recruitment events directed at providing information about CBP careers for veterans and persons with disabilities.
- The agency also created a gateway for Wounded Warriors to connect with hiring officials for fast-track placement within CBP to support veterans searching for employment.
As our workforce continues to grow, our efforts to understand, value, and incorporate differences become increasingly important-not only because it helps CBP attract and retain qualified employees, but also because it enhances our ability to better meet the needs of the diverse public we serve and protect.