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Federal Eye: Eye Opener: House establishes diversity task force

Happy Wednesday! Following a recent study that found a serious lack of minorities on Capitol Hill, House Democratic and Republican leaders
plan to tackle rank and file concerns with a series of moves.

On Tuesday leaders established a diversity task force that will sponsor training courses, build a resume bank of potential job
candidates and publish regular reports on diversity efforts.

The decision comes on the heels of a February report by minority Congressional staff associations that
found Latinos are rarely found on Capitol Hill payrolls. In the Senate
there is just one Latino chief of staff and one committee staff
director, while just 5.6 percent of House staffers are Latino.

The Committee on House Administration will lead the new efforts along with the House Chiefs of Staff
Association and the Congressional Asian Pacific, Black and Hispanic
caucuses, collectively known as the House Tri-Caucus. Leaders of the
Tri-Caucus called Tuesday’s announcement an “important first step.”

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