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Last week, we blogged about the State Department’s missing diversity stats from the FS promotion results (see Foreign Service 2013 Promotion Results — Gender, Ethnicity, Race Stats Still Behind the Great Firewall). Previously, WhirledView’s Patricia Kushlis blogged about the State Department’s abysmal Hispanic record and gender inequality at the State Department (see Unfulfilled Promises, Ignored Mandates: State’s Abysmal Hispanic Record and State’s Female-Proof Glass Ceiling: Breaking into the Good Old Boys Diplomatic Club is Still Hard to Do).
Yesterday, WhirledView posted a new question: What’s the big secret with the State Department’s diversity statistics and why? Patricia also shared a fan mail from the State Department’s Bureau of Human Resources.
From: State/HR – Greenberg
Regarding: “Going back to 2000, the only year that State published promotion figures based on gender and ethnicity was in 2012, when they appeared in the June 2012 issue of State Magazine. Those statistics disappeared from State Magazine in 2013 and 2014. “
The 2013 promotion statistics are available on page 32 of the June 2014 online issue of State Magazine at http://digitaledition.state.gov/publication/ and the 2013 Foreign Service promotion statistics will also be published in the July-August 2014 print and digital issue of State Magazine.
The 2014 promotion statistics are simply not out yet. The promotion boards have just convened.
HR Public Affairs
<RANT>Why … why… why … in heaven’s name are you wasting your time and other people’s time with this kind of mush?!</RANT>
The italicized portion above is a paragraph in Patricia’s blog post on State’s abysmal record on Hispanic hiring available here. It is clear that Patricia is referring to the published promotion figures based on gender and ethnicity. Which are, by the way, while mentioned on State magazine, are actually not included in the published edition. So the HR spox wrote to point out that the stats is you know, available on page 32!
Nope, the promotion figures based on gender and ethnicity are not available on page 32. Here is what State, June 2014 says:
Neither the original State mag publication of the promotion stats in June nor the corrected version in July/August 2014 include the gender, ethnicity and race statistics. They are available at http://intranet.hr.state.sbu/offices/rma/Pages/DiversityStats.aspx. Let’s click on it, just for fun:
Look — SBU or “sensitive but unclassified” information must not be posted on any public Internet website, discussed in a publicly available chat room or any other public forum on the Internet. You folks know that, right? Disposition of SBU documents is also important; it includes shredding or burning, or by other methods consistent with law or regulation like chewing and swallowing (Note: Perfectly okay to do this with beer 😉).
Hey, if a State Department HR official can cite a non-existent public report, we, too, can cite a non-existent citation on the FAM that goes well with beer. Because why not?
Also this via WhirledView:
“Why HR even needs its own Public Affairs Office is beyond me but that’s another question for another day er post. Rumor has it that a piece of the incumbent’s job is to block relevant WV posts and likely Diplopundit ones too keeping them from Bureau higher ups and staff supposedly under the ignorance is bliss category.”
Oh, no — no need to block us, we are quite entertaining at times.
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- Foreign Service 2013 Promotion Results – Gender, Ethnicity, Race Stats Still Behind the Great Firewall (diplopundit.net)
- State’s Female-Proof Glass Ceiling: Breaking into the Good Old Boys Diplomatic Club is Still Hard to Do (whirledview.typepad.com)
- What’s the big secret with the State Department’s diversity statistics and why? (whirledview.typepad.com)
- Unfulfilled Promises, Ignored Mandates: State’s Abysmal Hispanic Record (whirledview.typepad.com)