Executive order mandating

A previous CRS review, released in 1995, which was the last time Congress gave serious consideration to undoing these rules, revealed the existence of 172 such requirements. Rules governing such program categories as Agriculture, Defense, and Health & Human Services more than ever stipulate that agencies and/or their beneficiaries demonstrate preference toward nonwhites and/or women in hiring, contracts, grants and other benchmark.

Affirmative action, in other words, never went way.

Let’s cut through the circumlocution: President Obama is telling every federal agency to raise its percentage of blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other racial minorities or heads will roll.

The possibility that the result of this ultimatum would be a less efficient and more politicized federal work force apparently is not a subject fit for discussion.

The second part of the executive order, “Government-Wide Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic Plan,” lays out a framework for action.

While the order does not create a new agency, it would bring together top officials for establishing broad initiatives.

All white success, in this view, in some measure is a legacy of injustice.Contractual liberty for firms and individuals, as this logic has it, must be subordinate to social equality.If mandatory affirmative action is at odds with the principles of a free society, why do so few supporters of freedom challenge it? They are fearful of being publicly stigmatized as racist (if white) or backstabbers (if nonwhite).By law, the Federal Government’s recruitment policies should “endeavor to achieve a work force from all segments of society.” (5 U. By this order, I am directing executive departments and agencies to develop and implement a more comprehensive, integrated and strategic focus on diversity and inclusion as a key component of their human resource strategies.This approach should include a continuing effort to identify and adopt best practices, implemented in an integrated manner, to promote and remove barriers to equal employment opportunity, consistent with merit system principles and applicable law.

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