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Politico: Obama directs national security agencies to boost minorities
A presidential memo for the CIA and other agencies mentions steps such as adding training on 'unconscious bias'
President Barack Obama is directing America's national security agencies to promote more diversity in their ranks, arguing that inclusiveness is an "imperative" in a still-dangerous but increasingly interconnected world.
Obama lays out his instructions in a Presidential Memorandum released Wednesday.
The memo, whose details were shared first with POLITICO, directs government departments and agencies to take several steps aimed at cultivating a more diverse workforce. They include: improving the collection and publication of data related to workforce diversity; providing employees more access to professional development opportunities; and expanding the training offered on "implicit or unconscious bias, inclusion, and flexible work policies."
National Security Adviser Susan Rice, in a recent speech, stressed that a more diverse workforce, in agencies ranging from the FBI to the State Department, is crucial for continued U.S. strength on the global stage, arguing it can help Americans avoid the perils of "groupthink."
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