We believe we have been successful to date, but clearly we can strive for continued growth, he added.
Blackmon-Malloy said some improvements have been made. Former Police Chief Terrance Gainer now the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms had an open-door policy that allowed minority and female officers to address their concerns, for example.
But further steps must be taken to make sure that progress continues, Blackmon-Malloy added.
Its my hope that there will be a positive outcome, she said. Its embarrassing to have to come here to testify in 2007 because your workplace is not diverse.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.