(a) On a statewide basis, staff representative of the racial and ethnic characteristics in the work force shall be distributed in substantially the same proportion among (1) all “job groups” (as that term is defined by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs), and (2) all offices in the plan(s).
(1) As part of the PBP, each State agency shall develop and submit to the Regional Administrator affirmative action plans for all significant local offices within its jurisdiction (which, for the purposes of this provision, means those local offices representing the top 20 per cent of MSFW activity nationally). These affirmative action plans shall include goals and timetables and shall ensure that sufficient numbers of qualified, permanent minority staff are hired. Where qualified minority applicants are not available to be hired as permanent staff, qualified minority part-time, provisional, or temporary staff shall be hired in accordance with State merit system procedures, where applicable. These affirmative action plans shall be prepared on an individual office basis.
(2) The affirmative action plans shall include an analysis of the racial and ethnic characteristics of the work force in the local office service area. To determine the “work force” for the purpose of this paragraph, the State agency shall include the racial and ethnic characteristics of any MSFW population which is not a part of the permanent work force by computing an estimate of the total work years MSFWs collectively spend in the area and including a number of workers equivalent to this estimate as part of the permanent work force. This computation shall be made by calculating the average length of time, as a fractional part of a year, MSFWs stay in the area and then multiplying this figure by the total estimated MSFW population in the area during the previous year.
(3) The affirmative action plan also shall include an analysis of the local office staffing characteristics. The plan shall provide a comparison between the characteristics of the staff and the work force and determine if the composition of the local office staff(s) is representative of the racial and ethnic characteristics of the work force in the local office service area(s).
(4) If the staff under-represents any of these characteristics, the State agency shall establish a staffing goal at a level equivalent to the percentage of the characteristics in the work force in the local office service areas. The State agency also shall establish a reasonable timetable for achieving the staffing goal by hiring or promoting available, qualified staff in the under-represented categories. In establishing timetables, the State agency shall consider the vacancies anticipated through expansion, contraction, and turnover in the office(s) and available funds, and all affirmative action plans shall establish timetables that are designed to achieve the staffing goal no later than December 31, 1983.
(c) In addition, each State agency which has significant local offices, shall undertake special efforts to recruit MSFWs and persons from MSFW back-grounds for its staff, shall document achievements, and shall include in the affirmative action plan(s) a complete description of specific actions which the agency will take and time frames within which these actions will be taken.
(d) In developing the affirmative action plan for significant local offices, the State agency shall solicit from WIA 167 National Farmworker Jobs Program and other appropriate MSFW groups, employer organizations and other interested organizations, estimates of the total MSFW population in each local office service area, and the average length of time the MSFWs stay in the area. In addition, State agencies shall solicit, consider, incorporate as appropriate, respond to and include copies of comments from WIA 167 National Farmworker Jobs Program, other appropriate MSFW groups, employer organizations, and other interested organizations, following procedures set forth for the annual outreach plan at § 653.107(d).
(e) As part of the annual Program and Budget Plan (PBP) process, the funding of State agencies which are required to develop and implement affirmative action plans for significant local offices shall be contingent upon the timely submittal of adequate affirmative action plans and the substantial and timely attainment of the goals and timetables contained in those plans. However, if the Regional Administrator makes a finding of good faith efforts, he/she may fund a State agency even though it did not achieve substantial and timely compliance.
(f) All State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) required to develop affirmative action plans for significant local offices shall keep accurate records of their employment practices for those offices, including information on all applications. These records shall be maintained in accordance with the recordkeeping requirements concerning affirmative action which are established by ETA and distributed to the SWAs. All records shall be made available to the State MSFW Monitor Advocate, EEO staff and Federal On-Site Review Teams.
(g) Affirmative action plans shall contain a description of specific steps to be taken for the adequate recruitment of MSFWs for all vacant positions in significant local offices and the central office. These steps shall include advertisements in newspapers, radio or other media, in a manner calculated to best reach the MSFW population, and contacts by outreach workers and the State MSFW Monitor Advocate with groups serving the MSFW population.
(h) State EEO staff shall have the responsibility for developing affirmative action plans. The State MSFW Monitor Advocate(s) shall comment on the plan to the State Administrator. Upon submission of the affirmative action plan as part of the State agency's PBP submittal, the Regional MSFW Monitor Advocate shall review the affirmative action plan(s) as it pertains to MSFWs and comment to the Regional Administrator. As part of his/her regular reviews of State agency compliance, the Regional MSFW Monitor Advocate shall monitor the extent to which the State has complied with its affirmative action plan(s) as it pertains to MSFWs. The Regional MSFW Monitor Advocate's finding as to the adequacy of the plan(s) and as to the State's compliance with the plan(s) shall be considered in PBP decisions involving future funding of the State agency.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1205-0039)