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IV.

ASPER - A Case Study

ASPER, a small, specialized organization, occupies

a very influential position within the Department but

had no minority professionals as of July 7, 1971.

For

this reason, the Task Force decided to make a case study

of the office by interviewing all of its employees.

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June 8, 1971, employees were asked their impressions of

ASPER's past and present recruitment policy for minori

ties, and to present ideas for a more effective policy.

Clerical employees were also asked about the amount of

training opportunities available to them.

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mote the welfare of all workers", and it serves as "the.

focal point of responsibility for initiating policy plan

ning and research and for forwarding recommendations to

the Secretary.17.

The office began operations with a

staff of several people in 1957 as the Office of Research

and Development under then Deputy Assistant Secretary

Charles Stewart.

In 1963, it became the Office of Policy,

Planning and Research with Daniel P. Moynihan as the Dir

ector.

At that time, the staff had only about five pro

fessionals and did not grow in size significantly until

1969 when this number increased from approximately ten to

twenty-two and the office assumed its present name.

It

should be noted that most of this recruitment was done in

ternally but that no affirmative action was taken to

identify qualified and interested minorities.

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United States Government Organization Manual; 1969-70, Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Service, GSA, p. 299.

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