Backlogs in processing civil rights complaints continued to develop within the Agriculture Department office answerable for dealing with allegations of unfair remedy over a three-year interval, the USDA inspector common stated Tuesday.
Inspector General Phyllis Ok. Fong advised the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations that the Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR) had long-standing points persisting by the Trump administration.
The IG discovered that a pattern of 28 complaints out of 911 circumstances closed between Oct. 1, 2016, and June 30, 2019, took as much as 799 days to course of.
“These challenges are not new. They will take concerted effort to address,” Fong stated.
Over the years, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Office of Special Counsel and the Government Accountability Office have recognized persistent structural weaknesses which have diminished the office’s effectiveness and stoked distrust, particularly amongst Black farmers who say they acquired little assist after they filed documented complaints of discrimination.