January 22, 2021 (WASHINGTON INSIDER ALERT) - On January 20, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) on “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” which directs federal agencies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity in federal policymaking and programs. The EO also revokes the controversial Trump administration EO 13950, “Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping,” which CUPA-HR and other higher education groups had previously requested be withdrawn.
Under the new Biden EO, federal agencies are generally directed to “assess whether, and to what extent, its programs and policies perpetuate systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits for people of color and other underserved groups.” Among the list of actions, the new EO specifically calls for:
The Biden administration EO also formally revokes the Trump administration’s EO 13950 on “Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping,” which imposed concerning requirements on federal contractors, including colleges and universities, with respect to the content of workforce training programs. To fully revoke EO 13950, the Biden EO directs agencies covered by EO 13950 to review and identify proposed and existing agency actions related to or arising from EO 13950 and tasks the head of each agency to suspend, revise or rescind such actions within 60 days of the issuance of this order.
CUPA-HR will continue to track new developments related to this EO and other EOs the Biden administration is expected to issue in the coming days.