A report commissioned by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was released yesterday and calls for an expansion of data collection by the agency. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) analyzed the expanded EEO-1 data that was collected by EEOC from private employers and federal contractors for reporting years 2017 to 2018 (subsequently stopped by the Trump administration) and recommends that additional data be collected going forward. The report concluded that expanding the pay data collection process would enable EEOC to pursue more aggressive investigation and resolution of discrimination charges, prioritize those investigations, identify systemic discrimination and more readily analyze pay gaps by industry. At the press event yesterday at which the report was discussed in detail, EEOC Chair Charlotte Burrows concluded that “(T)he study confirmed what we at the EEOC have long known – collecting and analyzing pay data can be a useful tool in preventing and combating pay discrimination in American workplaces.” It would seem like EEOC data collection is going to be here – and expanded – for a while!