Ten-Year Check-Up: Have Federal Agencies Responded to Civil Rights Recommendations?

Volume II: An Evaluation of the Departments of Justice, Labor, and Transportation


Letter of Transmittal


The President
The President of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Representatives

Sirs:

Pursuant to Public Law 103-419, the United States Commission on Civil Rights transmits this report, Ten-Year Check-Up: Have Federal Agencies Responded to Civil Rights Recommendations? Volume II: An Evaluation of the Departments of Justice, Labor, and Transportation. This volume, the second in a series, evaluates the extent to which the Departments of Justice, Labor, and Transportation have responded to Commission recommendations directed to them during the 1990s. The volume focuses on whether civil rights enforcement at the three departments has improved or changed as a result of previous findings and recommendations made by the Commission.

This study finds that the three departments implemented many of the Commissionís recommendations and that improvements occurred in the areas of data collection and analysis, policy guidance, complaint processing, technical assistance, education and outreach, staff training, and community involvement. However, a paucity of resources significantly affected each departmentís ability to completely and thoroughly implement many of the recommendations. As a result, the Commission urges the executive and legislative branches of government to provide each department with the necessary resources to execute and strengthen their civil rights enforcement programs.

For the Commissioners,

Mary Frances Berry
Chairperson