EEOC Budget Update

This month the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to restore $4 million to the EEOC's FY '07 budget (which had been removed from the initial EEOC request by the White House), for a total of $327 million, the same amount as last year. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee that deals with EEOC funding, spearheaded the effort. As a result, the bill specifically directs the EEOC to reinstate the Baltimore office as a District office. The bill would also direct the agency to hire more staff, defund the EEOC's National Call Center, and asks the agency's Inspector General to review the impact of EEOC's recent restructuring. Next the bill moves to the full Senate for a vote and then to conference with the House (whose appropriation for the EEOC is only $322 million).

You can read some additional material about the bill at the Washington Post.