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Seeking Information on Workforce and Ownership Diversity within High Tech Industries

The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy (JEDE) is announcing a Request for Information (RFI) period from June 1 through August 15, 2016, on the issue of diversity within the workforce and business ownership structure of high technology-based industries in California.

This RFI offers the opportunity for interested individuals, organizations, and businesses to provide background, and to identify public and private actions that have the potential to facilitate greater participation of underrepresented populations on corporate boards, within entry level, advanced, and senior management positions, as vendors, and within the finance sector serving high-technology firms.

Information received through the Request for Information (RFI) will be used to develop a background report to the California State Legislature.  Among other purposes, the report will form the foundation for Legislative Caucuses and individual Member to host briefings, hold oversight hearings, develop legislation, and initiate proposals for regulatory modification.

Confidentiality

Information submitted pursuant to this RFI is NOT confidential and is subject to public review.  Please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information.

Scope

Information is being requested on the following:

  1. The composition of the workforce in high technology-based industries, with a focus on regions where these firms play a dominant economic roll. Relevant information includes the race, ethnicity, age, and gender. Information can be displayed at either a per-firm basis, or at the aggregate level by size of business, NAISC, and/or other distinguishing features.
  2. Workforce requirements for entry level positions in high technology firms, including educational and skill-level requirements.
  3. Workforce development programs established by firms to address the lack of diversity within the workforce, including numbers of participants, outreach, and outcomes.
  4. Partnerships with local workforce development boards, community colleges, and other entities to establish specific career pathways for employment and business development opportunities in high technology firms in California and other areas of the United States.
  5. The composition of firms within the technology supply chain, with a focus on small businesses. Relevant information includes the race, ethnicity, age, and gender of managers and owners.
  6. The composition of executive management and corporate boards in high technology firms headquartered in California and other areas of the United States. Relevant information includes the race, ethnicity, age, and gender of management and board membership.
  7. Recommendations on the types of public policy actions that would facilitate greater participation of underrepresented populations on corporate broads, within entry level, advanced, and senior management positions, as vendors, and within the finance sector serving high-technology firms.

Responding to the RFI
 

All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Submittal Form.

Electronic Submissions:

              Please send submissions to toni.symonds@asm.ca.gov Email submissions will receive an electronic confirmation acknowledging
              receipt of your response.

Mailed Submissions:

Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
California State Capitol
Sacramento, CA, 95814

For questions regarding this RFI

Toni Symonds, Chief Consultant
Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
916.319.2090
Toni.symonds@asm.ca.gov

 

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