Flush with cash from a $37 million budget increaselast year, the much-maligned Equal EmploymentOpportunity Commission has been under pressure fromCongress to prove itself worthy of the raise.

Now agency chairwoman Ida Castro, one year into hertenure at the helm, says the EEOC has delivered.At a commissioners’ meeting last week reviewing theagency’s performance in fiscal year 1999, Castroboasted that the EEOC is whittling down its backlog ofcases, processing new complaints more quickly, andsending more disputes to mediation than ever before.

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