New Audit Announcements
Audit Initiated of DOT’s Anti-Harassment Program Policies and Procedures
Federal agencies are required to demonstrate a commitment to a work environment that is free from discriminatory harassment. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—which has guidelines to help agencies develop anti-harassment policies—recommends that each subcomponent of a large agency establish and enforce such a policy consistently. While the Secretary of Transportation has issued a policy that states harassment will not be tolerated at the Department of Transportation (DOT), in a recent audit, we identified concerns about the extent to which DOT’s Operating Administrations establish and implement anti-harassment guidance. Accordingly, we are initiating an audit of DOT’s anti-harassment programs. Our objectives are to assess the extent to which the Department and its Operating Administrations (1) have anti-harassment policies and procedures that comply with EEOC guidance and (2) collect and use data on harassment complaints.