EEOC Reorganization Approved

July 12, 2005 ( - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) plan to downgrade eight of its 23 district offices and add two local offices in Mobile, Alabama and Las Vegas, Nevada has been approved by the commission, according to a news release.

In June, the EEOC announced its plan that eight district offices, headed by senior executives or GS-15-level regional attorneys will be downgraded to field offices directed by GS-15-level managers or GS-14-level supervisory trial attorneys (See  EEOC Stays With Reorganization Despite Criticisms ).  

Critics of the reorganization were concerned that the level of service would decline and that the reorganization did not address the commission’s staffing shortage.   The commission believes the plan will help it serve more areas with the opening of the two new offices and it projects the plan will save the agency more than $8 million in an eight-year period, officials said.

According to the news release, this is the second of three phases to streamline the agency’s operations.   The first phase, implemented earlier this year, was to outsource its customer service function.   The final phase will streamline the office headquarters in Washington, DC.