Among the report’s most striking findings is that since 2008, the percentage of minorities hired by the CIA has declined to below what is needed to sustain current minority representation in the agency’s workforce.
It also found that a 1984-2004 increase in African-American officers at the agency’s top rung, known as the Senior Intelligence Service, has been reversed in the last 10 years.
CIA Director John Brennan, who ordered the study in December 2013, said he was committed to improving hiring, promotion and training of a diverse workforce. Brennan described that as vital to the spy agency’s mission of understanding and predicting events in an increasingly complex world.
Brennan acknowledged those efforts were “only partially successful.”
He said he was committed to taking steps to ensure the latest report is not “yet one more study” whose recommendations are not implemented.
In a statement accompanying the report, Brennan said he would make creating “a diverse and inclusive environment” a performance objective for Senior Intelligence Service officers, and require that his leadership team attend diversity training.
The study, overseen by prominent lawyer and civil rights activist Vernon Jordan, recommended Brennan “promptly and aggressively” promote minority intelligence officers “to positions that will send an unmistakable message of change.”