President signs sweeping federal workforce executive orderPosted On: Jun. 28, 2021 3:02 PM CST
President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday intended to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the federal workforce.
“Even with decades of progress building a federal workforce that looks like America, the enduring legacies of employment discrimination, systemic racism, and gender inequality are still felt today,” the order states.
“Too many underserved communities remain under-represented in the federal workforce, especially in positions of leadership.”
The executive order:
- Establishes a government initiative to advance diversity, equity inclusion and accessibility in all parts of the federal workforce.
- Charges all agencies with assessing the current state of these factors and with developing strategic plans to eliminate any barriers faced by underserved employees.
- Expands diversity and related training throughout the federal workforce.
- Addresses workplace harassment, including sexual harassment.
- Reduces the federal government’s reliance on unpaid internships, which, the order says, creates barriers for low-income students and first-generation professionals.
- Advances pay equity to ensure all public servants are fairly compensated.
- Advances equity for individuals with disabilities and for LGBTQ+ public workers.
- Builds a more diverse pipeline into public services through new recruitment partnerships.
- Expands federal employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals.
- Advances equity in professional development.
- Improves the collection of demographic data on the federal workforce.