Enclosure (1) to COMDTINST 12720.4B
21 NOV 1989
Barrier. For purposes of this instruction, a personnel principle, policy, or practice which
restricts or tends to limit the representative employment of women and minorities.
Civilian Labor Force (CLF). Includes all persons 16 years of age and over, except those in the
Armed Forces, who are employed, or who are unemployed and seeking work. CLF data is
compiled both nationally and for local geographic areas by the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) based on U.S. Census data.
Covered Employee Group. Those minority/sex groups potentially targeted for recruitment
under FEORP are:
Asian/Pacific Islander Men
Asian/Pacific Islander Women
American Indian/Alaskan Native Men
American Indian/Alaskan Native Women
Local (or Geographic) Area. For purposes of determining underrepresentation, the local area
is the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) within which the agency component(s)
is located. Each SMSA represents an economic and social unit with a recognized large
population nucleus, generally a city of 50,000 or more.
Occupational Category. Groupings of jobs by grades and/or occupations within the General
Schedule and the prevailing rate (i.e., wage or "blue collar") systems. Occupations may be
defined either in terms of specific occupational series, or in professional, administrative,
technical, clerical, other, and blue collar (PATCOB) groupings.
Professional, Administrative, Technical, Clerical, Other, and Blue Collar (PATCOB)
Category. Blue collar ("B") occupations are any of those in the prevailing rate (wage)
systems. Criteria for additional categories (professional, etc.) are specified in detail under
Attachment 2 to Federal Personnel Manual Letter 720-2, but have been briefly summarized
Professional occupations are those that require knowledge in a field of science or
learning characteristically acquired through education or training equivalent to a
bachelor's or higher degree with major study in a specialized field, as distinguished from
general education. These occupations follow a two-grade interval pattern. Examples
include economist and medical officer.