White House issues Executive Order Establishing Coordinated Government-wide Diversity Efforts

The White House issued an executive order on Thursday, August 18th announcing a Government-wide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan and efforts.  Noting, “a commitment to equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion is critical for the Federal Government as an employer.  By law, the Federal Government’s recruitment policies should “endeavor to achieve a work force from all segments of society.”  (5 U.S.C. 2301(b)(1)).  As the Nation’s largest employer, the Federal Government has a special obligation to lead by example.  Attaining a diverse, qualified workforce is one of the cornerstones of the merit-based civil service.”

Adding, “To realize more fully the goal of using the talents of all segments of society, the Federal Government must continue to challenge itself to enhance its ability to recruit, hire, promote, and retain a more diverse workforce.  Further, the Federal Government must create a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness to enable individuals to participate to their full potential.”

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