The Pursuit of Social Equity in the Federal Government: A Road Less Traveled?


Norma M. Riccucci is a professor of public administration at Rutgers University in Newark. Her research and teaching interests encompass the broad area of public management. She is currently the president of the Public Management Research Association and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.


This descriptive study examines the extent to which the federal government has achieved social equity in its workforce. In particular, the author addresses the degree to which white women and people of color have been successful in reaching the upper, higher-paying levels of nonpostal federal government jobs. The study shows that, with few exceptions, these groups, despite continued calls for greater equity, remain in lower-level, lower-paying, less prestigious jobs.