Study Confirms Fears About Minority Recruitment on The Hill
(Politics365) — A new compensation study released by the U.S. House of Representatives Chief Administrative Officer shows a distressing, but expected picture of failing minority recruitment on Capitol Hill – much lower than the previous year. In its annual 2010 House Compensation Study, the Chief Administrative Officer of the House reports that minority recruitment on the Hill – particularly for African Americans and Latinos eagerly searching for top political jobs in Congress – is nearly 10 percent lower than 2009. In 2010, only 24% of about 133 Congressional offices surveyed by the CAO reported efforts in recruiting minority applicants or reaching out to such groups as the Congressional Tri-Caucus, which is a consortium of the major minority-focused Congressional Caucuses such as the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. That figure is down from 33% in 2009. And, only 39% of offices surveyed responded that they had prioritized creating an office environment that was reflective of their district’s cultural make-up.