Ros-Lehtinen, Connolly Introduce the National Security Diversity and Inclusion Workforce Act

Mar 7, 2018

Ros-Lehtinen, Connolly Introduce the National Security Diversity and Inclusion Workforce Act

Washington, DC — U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and Gerry Connolly (D – VA), Vice Ranking Member of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, introduced HR 5195 – the National Security Diversity and Inclusion Workforce Act of 2018 – in order to encourage diversity in U.S. national security hiring practices. This bill, a companion to legislation introduced in the Senate by Sen. Ben Cardin (D – MD), would ensure the collection of data on workforce diversity, help expand opportunities for minorities in both entry-level positions and for career advancement, and promote accountability for department or agency leadership. In March 2011, the Military Leadership Diversity Commission demonstrated that women, Hispanics, and African-Americans are underrepresented in leadership positions at the Department of State, the intelligence community, and in our nation’s armed forces.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Our nation is strengthened by diverse points of view and a workforce that reflects our country’s identity. I’m proud to introduce this bill with my colleague, Gerry, in order to promote diversity in our national security workforce. The threats our nation faces require that we think creatively and take varying experiences into account to protect our fellow citizens. This bill will help ensure that more women and minorities have a seat at the table when some of the most crucial decisions our country grapples with are being made.”

Statement by Connolly:

“Diversity is a unique source of strength for American society, our economy, and our national security. We must ensure that our federal workforce reflects the American people it serves. I have collaborated with federal employee groups to promote diversity within federal agencies, and I welcome this opportunity to partner with Rep. Ros-Lehtinen to take a comprehensive approach to enhancing diversity in our national security workforce.” 

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