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Commission identifies obstacles for African-Americans in federal workforce

Despite decades of regulation, legislation and effort, obstacles continue to hinder equal employment opportunities for African-Americans in the federal workplace, a federal commission has reported.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said "unconscious biases" about African-Americans, a lack of adequate mentoring opportunities and insufficient training assignments all affect hiring or advancement in government jobs.

The failure of agencies to follow and effectively enforce equal employment opportunity law also has an effect, the commission said in the report published this month.

The study is the result of two years of discussion with groups...