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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.
this reason, the Task Force decided to make a case study
of the office by interviewing all of its employees.
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.
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 office began operations with a
staff of several people in 1957 as the Office of Research
and Development under then Deputy Assistant Secretary
In 1963, it became the Office of Policy,
Planning and Research with Daniel P. Moynihan as the Dir
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.
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.
United States Government Organization Manual; 1969-70, Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Service, GSA, p. 299.