Money talks in Washington, D.C. This week that took the form of President Obama’s submitted federal budget for fiscal year 2017.
For the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the administration is seeking a yearly appropriation of $376,646,000, including $29,500,000 for state and local fair employment practice agencies and tribal employment rights organizations. That’s an increase of $12.146 million above the enacted fiscal year 2016 appropriation.
According to the EEOC’s submitted budget document, that amount would go toward fulfilling EEOC’s priorities for fiscal year 2017, including making critical investments needed to 1) expand the commission’s impact through strategic law enforcement; 2) strengthen partnerships across the government and with stakeholder communities; 3) leverage technology and streamline operations; and 4) transform the workplace at EEOC to promote inclusion, collaboration, and innovation.
Obama’s budget requests routinely are declared “dead on arrival” on Capital Hill in the face of unyielding Republican opposition against just about anything he proposes.
But as an indication of administration priorities–and for employers who want to know what resources the EEOC is seeking to do its job enforcing the nation’s employment discrimination laws–the budget documents are worth studying.