On July 29th the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved a modification on the EEO-4 form that requires state and local governments to complete in odd numbered years to allow respondents to select more than one race and ethnicity. This change would be similar to the EEO-1 form that is completed by the private sector and allows respondents to select more than one race and ethnicity.
This modification has finally been made after IPMA-HR urged the EEOC last year that a revision to the form was needed to keep up with the changing ethnicity make-up of public sector workers.
The revision needs to be approved next by the Office of Management and Budget, which will publish a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment. The notice is expected to be published in the next two weeks. Since the EEOC likes to give notice of at least one year before implementing any changes to the EEO-4 form, the modification will most likely be effective in 2017.