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MONORITY GROUP EMPLOYMENT IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE

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APPENDIX 5

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In FY 74, GAO formally established its Upward Mobility Program to · provide career opportunities for underutilized and underdeveloped employees

and to enable them to achieve their highest potential. The first 5 years of the program have been very successful. To date, 58 participants have graduated from the program and progressed from the non-professional ranks to the professional staff. Currently, there are 33 participants receiving both classroom and on-the-job training designed to facilitate their progression to the professional ranks.

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The success of the program is due in large measure to the continuing support provided by division and office directors, supervisors, sponsors, and other members of management who recognize the value of the programa and are committed to the concepts of equal employment opportunity and human resource development. The program will continue to receive vigorous management support this year and in future years; .consequently, we expect to maintain a dynamic and highly successful program,

You will be receiving information through the Management News outlining recent administrative changes in the Upward Mobility Program which are designed to integrate this program with other personnel activities. The Management News will also provide information on the probable number of vacancies and the eligibility requirements for FY 79,

With the continued support of all GAO, employees, I am sure that the Upward Mobility Program in FY 79 will be even more successful than previous years.

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FROM : Deputy Comptroller General - Mr. Robert F. Keller

SUBJECT:

Recently, I received a written communication, indicating that the numerous changes in GAO organization and operating procedures in recent years are possibly causing concerns and morale problems among its professional staff. While I question that these concerns are shared by any large number of our staff it occurred to me nevertheless that the points raised deserve a response, a response which could be shared with the entire staff of the GAO.

. First, let me say that based on over 40 years' experience with the Office · I have found GAO to be a constantly changing organization. We have gone from voucher auditing, to comprehensive auditing of financial management and studies of economy and efficiency, to program evaluation. We have had many organizational changes in that period, the latest major change being in 1972. Our professional staff has changed markedly. We now have a multi-disciplinary staff which we can rightfully claim to be second to none in Government. Why all of these changes? The simple fact is no organization remains status quo and stays in business. Organizations must change as the needs of society change. GAO is no exception, nor should it be.

It is worth emphasizing that GAO's overall responsibility is to serve the needs of the Congress as it has attempted to do in the nearly 60 years of its history. The Congress' own needs have greatly increased in recent years. The Federal Government has grown in size and complexity of its operations. Along with this, GAO's workload has doubled within the past 10 years. The percentage of its work responding to specific requests from the Congress has increased more than threefold. The operations of the Government which GAO must audit become more complex. Moreover, the Congress in 1970 and again in 1974 made basic changes in the charter of the GAO, increasing both the range and kind of work which it performs in behalf of the Congress.

In my opinion, GAO has been responsive in meeting these new demands. By any test, I believe our impact and effectiveness have shown marked improvement. A reading of the accomplishment section of our Annual Report certainly bears testimony on this point. The changes mentioned in the memorandum which I have received have all been an effort to meet our changing responsibilities.

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