DoD reviews diversity efforts as part of governmentwide effort

Tuesday - 8/30/2011, 8:58am EDT

The Defense Department is taking a hard look at its diversity programs, as part of a presidential order to coordinate efforts across the federal government.

The Pentagon's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity is working closely with the services to develop a strategic plan for diversity across the total force, according to Defense.gov.

Navy Capt. Ken Barrett, the acting deputy director of DoD's diversity office, said the Defense Department can be an example to other employers both in the public and private sectors. But he also said there is room for improvement, such as expanding its recruiting and hiring to enhance diversity.

This story is part of Federal News Radio's daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.