No FEAR Act Data

No FEAR Act Data

The Notification and Federal Employee Anti-discrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act of 2002 (Public Law No. 107-174) was passed by both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Bush on May 15, 2002. This landmark legislation became effective on October 1, 2003.

In 2020 the Elijah E. Cummings Federal Employee Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act, also known as the ECA or H.R. 135 (116th), was developed to amend the No FEAR Act of 2002 in order to strengthen Federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and expand accountability within the Federal Government.

The intent of the Act and Amendment is to help ensure that federal agencies...

  • Demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that employees who pursue claims under the federal administrative equal employment opportunity (EEO) complaint process and who engage in whistleblower activities are protected and are not retaliated against; and
  • Act more expeditiously to resolve complaints that are raised at the administrative level when it is appropriate to do so.

In addition, the No FEAR Act and ECA requires federal agencies to...

  • Notify employees and applicants for employment about their rights and remedies applicable to employees under this law cited in section 201(c) (Title 5, United States Code, Section 2302(b));
  • Post statistical data relating to federal sector equal employment opportunity complaints on its public Web site;
  • Ensure that their managers have adequate training in the management of a diverse workforce, early and alternative conflict resolution, and essential communications skills;
  • Conduct studies on the trends and causes of complaints of discrimination;
  • Implement new measures to improve the complaint process and the work environment;
  • Initiate timely and appropriate discipline against employees who engage in misconduct related to discrimination or reprisal;
  • Reimburse the Judgment Fund for any discrimination- and whistleblower-related settlements or judgments reach in Federal court; and
  • Produce annual reports of status and progress to Congress, the Attorney General, and the U.S. Equal Employment Commission.
  • Independent Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program to ensure that there is a barrier between the EEO offices and Office of Human Resources (OHR) and Office of General Counsel (OGC).
  • Publish all notices of final agency action or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) decision involving a finding of discrimination both physically and electronically within 90 days of finding and post for up to 1 (one) year.
  • Track complaints of discrimination and include a notation of any disciplinary action taken against an employee found of committing discrimination or retaliation.
  • EEOC may refer matters from Federal Agencies which resulted in a Finding of discrimination directly to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).
  • Any employee who has authority to take, recommend, or approve any personnel action (typically a manager or supervisor) shall not implement or enforce a nondisclosure policy that prohibits or restricts an employee from disclosing information relating to:
    • a violation of any lawn, rule, or regulation;
    • mismanagement, gross waste of funds, or abuse of authority;
    • a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or
    • any other whistle-blower protection.

Statistical data relating to the Department of Health and Human Services equal employment opportunity complaints is available on the DHHS Web site.

NIH No FEAR Act Data Report

29 CFR §1614.704(a) - (c) / 29 CFR §1614.705 Comparative Data
Complaint Activity FY2022 Thru 31-March FY2021 FY2020 FY2019 FY2018 FY2017
Number of Complaints Filed 1614.704(a) 26 55 68 87 80 96
Number of Complainants 1614.704(b) 26 55 67 85 78 93
Repeat Filers 1614.704(c) 0 0 1 2 2 3

 

29 CFR §1614.704(d) / 29 CFR §1614.705 Comparative Data
Complaints by Basis FY2022 Thru 31-March FY2021 FY2020 FY2019 FY2018 FY2017
Race 12 39 39 42 40 48
Color 9 24 29 19 22 18
Religion 4 6 12 12 11 9
Reprisal 17 30 43 56 38 54
Sex 8 21 30 40 35 42
PDA 0 0 0 2 0 0
National Origin 6 15 24 26 18 20
Equal Pay Act 1 2 3 4 7 5
Age 9 12 12 26 16 27
Disability 9 14 23 27 28 25
Genetics 0 1 2 0 0 0
Non-EEO 3 4 1 1 3 6
Note: Complaints can be filed alleging multiple cases. The sum of the bases may not equal total complaints filed.

 

29 CFR§1614.704(e) / 29 CFR§1614.705 Comparative Data
Complaints by Issue FY2022 Thru 31-March FY2021 FY2020 FY2019 FY2018 FY2017
Appointment/Hire 4 5 4 4 7 6
Assignment of Duties 5 12 11 13 27 31
Awards 0 2 1 2 0 5
Conversion to full-time 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disciplinary Actions
Demotion 0 0 1 0 1 1
Reprimand 2 3 5 6 8 4
Suspension 0 0 3 3 5 7
Removal 0 4 5 4 6 6
Other 0 1 0 0 2 6
Duty Hours 1 1 4 2 13 7
Evaluation Appraisals 5 17 18 15 11 28
Examination/Test 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harassment
Non-Sexual 14 28 37 45 41 58
Sexual 1 2 1 5 2 3
Medical Examination 0 1 1 1 0 1
Pay (Including Overtime) 1 2 4 7 2 4
Promotion/Non-Selection 2 8 10 14 9 12
Reassignment
Denied 0 3 1 3 3 1
Directed 0 0 1 3 4 4
Reasonable Accommodation 4 6 10 10 15 10
Reinstatement 0 0 0 0 1 0
Religious Accommodation 1 0 1 0 1 0
Retirement 0 1 1 1 1 0
Sex-Stereotyping 0 0 0 1 0 0
Telework 0 2 2 3 3 5
Termination 3 3 5 5 1 5
Terms/Conditions of Employment 6 5 3 9 10 6
Time and Attendance 3 5 4 10 15 11
Training 2 5 5 3 6 4

 

29 CFR §1614.704(F)
Processing Time FY2022 Thru 31-March FY2021 FY2020 FY2019 FY2018 FY2017
Complaints pending during fiscal year
Average number of days in investigation 177.15 162.27 162.93 160.97 209.36 192.55
Average number of days in final action 349.33 172.88 62.87 107.69 109.36 115.90
Complaint pending during fiscal year where hearing was requested
Average number of days in investigation 188.69 176.26 166.10 168.22 247.36 200.17
Average number of days in final action 3.00 39.86 35.90 90.47 70.00 65.33
Complaint pending during fiscal year where hearing was not requested
Average number of days in investigation 165.62 140.06 159.38 135.06 160.51 181.59
Average number of days in final action 418.60 221.89 125.29 132.83 122.06 138.65

 

29 CFR§1614.704(g) / 29 CFR§1614.705 Comparative Data
Complaints Dismissed by Agency pursuant to 1614.107(a) FY2022 Thru 31-March FY2021 FY2020 FY2019 FY2018 FY2017
Total complaints dismissed by Agency 1 7 6 6 7 7
Average days pending prior to dismissal 21 40 117 19 56 73
Complaints Withdrawn by Complainants
Total Complaints withdrawn by Complainants 1 4 9 4 7 6

 

29 CFR§1614.704(h) / 29 CFR§1614.705 Comparative Data
Total Final Agency Actions of Finding Discrimination FY2022 Thru 31-March
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2019
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Total number of findings 1   1   2   0   1   0  
Without Hearing 1 100 1 100 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
With Hearing 0 0 0 0 2 100 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

29 CFR§1614.704(i) / 29 CFR§1614.705 Comparative Data

Note: Complaints can be filed alleging multiple cases. The sum of the bases may not equal total complaints and findings.

Findings of Discrimination Rendered by Basis FY2022 Thru 31-March
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2021
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2017
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Total number of Findings 1   1   2   0   0   0  
Race 1 100 0 0 2 100 0 0 0 0 0 0
Color 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religion 0 0 0 0 1 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reprisal 0 100 1 100 2 100 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex 1 100 0 0 2 100 0 0 0 0 0 0
PDA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
National Origin 1 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Equal Pay Act 0 0 0 0 1 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
Age 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disability 0 0 0 0 1 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
Genetics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-EEO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Findings of Discrimination Rendered by Basis FY2022 Thru 31-March
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2021
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2021
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2019
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2017
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Findings After Hearing 1   0   2   0   0   0  
Race 1 100 0 0 2 100 0 0 0 0 0 0
Color 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religion 0 0 0 0 1 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reprisal 0 0 0 0 2 100 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex 1 100 0 0 2 100 0 0 0 0 0 0
PDA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
National Origin 1 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Equal Pay Act 0 0 0 0 1 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
Age 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disability 0 0 0 0 1 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
Genetics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-EEO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Findings of Discrimination Rendered by Basis FY2022 Thru 31-March
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2021
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2021
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2020
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2020
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2019
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2019
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2018
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2018
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2017
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2017
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Findings Without Hearing 1   1   0   0   0   0  
Race 1 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Color 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reprisal 0 0 1 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex 1 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PDA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
National Origin 1 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Equal Pay Act 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Age 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disability 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Genetics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-EEO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

29 CFR§1614.704(j) / 29 CFR§1614.705 Comparative Data
Findings of Discrimination Rendered by Issue FY2022 Thru 31-March
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2021
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2021
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2020
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2020
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2019
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2019
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2018
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2018
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2017
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FY
2017
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Total number Findings 1   1   2   0   0   0  
Appointment/Hire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Assignment of Duties 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Awards 0 0 0 0 1 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
Conversion to full-time 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disciplinary Action
Demotion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reprimand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Suspension 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Removal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Duty Hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Evaluation Appraisal 1 100 0 0 1 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
Examination/Test 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harassment
Non-Sexual 0 0 1 100 1 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sexual 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Examination 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pay (Including Overtime) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Promotion/Non-Selection 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reassignment
Denied 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Directed 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reasonable Accommodation Disability 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reinstatement 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Accommodation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Retirement 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex-Stereotyping 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Telework 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Termination 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Terms/Conditions of Employment 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Time and Attendance 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Training 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other - User Defined 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Findings of Discrimination Rendered by Issue FY2022 Thru 31-March
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FY2022 Thru 31-March
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2021
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2021
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2020
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2020
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2019
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2019
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2018
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2018
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2017
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FY
2017
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Findings After Hearing 0   0   0   0   0   0  
Appointment/Hire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Assignment of Duties 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Awards 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Conversion to full-time 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disciplinary Action
Demotion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reprimand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Suspension 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Removal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Duty Hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Evaluation Appraisal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Examination/Test 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harassment
Non-Sexual 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sexual 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Examination 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pay (Including Overtime) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Promotion/Non-Selection 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reassignment
Denied 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Directed 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reasonable Accommodation Disability 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reinstatement 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Accommodation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Retirement 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex-Stereotyping 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Telework 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Terms/Conditions of Employment 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Termination 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Time and Attendance 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Training 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other - User Defined 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Findings of Discrimination Rendered by Issue FY2022 Thru 31-March
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2021
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2021
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2020
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2020
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2019
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2019
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2018
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2018
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2017
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2017
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Findings Without Hearing 1   1   0   0   0   0  
Appointment/Hire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Assignment of Duties 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Awards 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Conversion to full-time 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disciplinary Action
Demotion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reprimand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Suspension 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Removal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Duty Hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Evaluation Appraisal 1 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Examination/Test 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harassment
Non-Sexual 0 0 1 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sexual 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Examination 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pay (Including Overtime) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Promotion/Non-Selection 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reassignment
Denied 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Directed 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reasonable Accommodation Disability 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reinstatement 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Accommodation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Retirement 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex-Stereotyping 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Telework 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Terms/Conditions of Employment 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Termination 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Time and Attendance 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Training 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other - User Defined 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

29 CFR§1614.704(k) / 29 CFR§1614.705 Comparative Data
Complaints pending from previous Fiscal Years by Status FY2022 Thru 31-March FY2021 FY2020 FY2019 FY2018 FY2017
Total complaints from previous Fiscal Years 105 76 72 75 78 86
Total complainants 92 69 70 65 74 80

 

Number complaints pending: 704(k)(3) FY2022 Thru 31-March FY2021 FY2019 FY2019 FY2018 FY2017
Investigation 4 0 0 0 0 7
ROI issued; pending Complainant's action 2 0 1 0 1 4
Hearing 65 47 48 69 76 101
Final Agency action 35 30 25 7 0 10
Appeal with EEOC Office of Federal Operations 78 74 62 51 43 31

 

29 CFR§1614.704(i) / 29 CFR§1614.705 Comparative Data
Complaint Investigations FY2022 Thru 31-March FY2021 FY2020 FY2019 FY2018 FY2017
Pending Complaints Where Investigations Exceed Required Time Frames 1 1 0 0 1 1