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EEOC Issues FY 2023 Budget Justification

2022-04-12

Budget request to increase staff and focus on initiatives launched in FY 2021

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued their proposed budget for FY 2023.  The budget proposes $464.65 million for EEOC, which represents an 10.6% increase of the 2022 enacted level.  Of the total budget request, $31.5 million is earmarked for state, local, and tribal programs.

Although the agency was authorized to hire 450 workers, including intake staff, investigators, mediators, and trial attorneys, in fiscal year (FY) 2021, they hope to add more full-time positions in FY 2022 to bring the total from 2,100 employees to 2,300 employees.  Currently, payroll costs annually consume about 75% of the agency’s budget. 

The budget request indicated that EEOC will focus on the following four broad areas: (1) racial justice and combatting systemic discrimination on all protected bases, (2) pay equity, (3) addressing the civil rights impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and (4) further strengthening the agency. 

Additionally, the proposed budget will advance the three initiatives that were launched in 2021.

  1. The Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE) aims to expand employment opportunities during the pandemic recovery.
  2. The anti-retaliation initiative, a joint program with the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board.
  3. The initiative to ensure that employment-related artificial intelligence and algorithmic decision-making tools comply with federal civil rights laws. 

EEOC Chair, Charlotte A. Burrows, stated that she was focused on “strengthening and rebuilding the agency to ensure the EEOC has the resources it needs to fulfill our mission and effectively enforce the law.”  She believes that the EEOC has a critical role in the Biden administration’s whole-of-government approach to addressing systemic discrimination and advancing equal opportunity. 

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