Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Project

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the leading federal agency dedicated to enforcing employment anti-discrimination laws and advancing equal opportunity in the work place. The EEO-1 Report data provide snapshots of the racial, ethnic and gender demographic composition of an establishment’s workforce. The EEOC collects workforce data from U.S. employers with 100 or more employees and federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees. Employers meeting the reporting thresholds have a legal obligation to provide the data.

NORC work to support the EEOC includes:

Modernization of EEOC Surveys and Analytics
NORC is providing support to evaluate and modernize the EEOC Surveys (i.e., EEO-1, EEO-3, EEO-4, and EEO-5). This effort also provides technical and statistical support to the EEOC in their effort to develop analysis files for the research community and make a data mapping tool available to the public.

The forthcoming data query and mapping tool will be a prototype system that allows users to create interactive data visualizations with the EEO-1 data. The EEOC has been collecting employee data since 1966, however, this initial system release will rely on the two most recent years of EEO-1 data. A very important aspect of this new data mapping tool project is the groundbreaking development of a data de-identification process which protects the confidentiality of businesses while providing the public with critical information. Using proprietary software, NORC de-identified the EEO-1 data which allows users to see results at the county and industry subsector level. 

The Enterprise Data Warehouse
NORC has created centralized storage for the EEO report results along with the discrimination charge data. The Warehouse is a highly secured environment where EEOC data will be curated and added over time. As more data are added, NORC will develop and maintain data dashboards for reporting and data analysis purposes. Ultimately, this project aims to provide an enterprise view of the combined EEOC report and charge data to facilitate deeper insights into the historical data. Within the secure Warehouse, users will be able to profile and model information, create in-depth analyses, and generate reports relying on built-in statistical software packages and data dashboards.

Component 2 EEO-1 Compensation Data Collection
A new EEO-1 reporting component, Component 2, collected employee compensation data and hours worked as well as racial, ethnic, gender, and job category data. EEO-1 filers were required to submit Component 2 data for calendar years 2017 and 2018 by September 30, 2019 as ordered by the District Court's recent decision in National Women's Law Center, et al., v. Office of Management and Budget, et al., Civil Action No. 17-cv-2458 (D.D.C.). Data collection activities for the 2017 and 2018 Component 2 EEO-1 report were contracted to NORC. The Component 2 EEO-1 Online Filing System for the collection of 2017 and 2018 data was active from mid-July 2019 until February 2020. This new EEO-1 reporting component collected employee counts and hours worked by compensation pay bands, job category, race, ethnicity, and gender for both calendar years 2017 and 2018 for all work locations from U.S. employers with 100 or more employees. Over 2,750,000 business establishment reports from more than 83,000 U.S. businesses were collected.

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