President Biden on Thursday signed an executive order that directs all federal agencies to produce an annual “equity action plan” aimed at removing barriers to agency resources for “underserved communities.”
The move follows Biden’s 2021 executive order, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” which asked agencies to launch a “whole-of-government approach to equity.” That order has already directed billions of dollars in federal resources to “disadvantaged” communities since it was signed.
Biden’s new order, “Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” is aimed at building on that progress, and the White House said more still needs to be done.
The new order asks agencies to create annual plans that explain what steps they’ll take to “address the barriers underserved communities may face in accessing and benefiting from the agency’s policies …”
It calls on federal agencies to build “agency equity teams” and create senior leadership positions that will be held accountable for carrying out the order. Those teams will be involved in carrying out another requirement to improve efforts to reach out to “impacted communities.”
The order instructs the Office of Management and Budget to support the implementation of these efforts by reserving money in the budget, which the Biden administration has yet to deliver this year despite an early February deadline required by law.
Also related to funding, the order says 50% of federal contracting dollars at federal agencies should be awarded to “small disadvantaged businesses.” It also includes new instructions on how agencies should deal with “emerging civil rights risks.” . . . (read more on Fox News)
Executive Order on Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through The Federal Government (White House, 16 FEB 23)
What People Are Saying
(comments on the article from the comment section)
“Equity Officer = Political Officer.”
“If you are trying sell people on a combination Marxism and Fascism, you don’t call it that, you call it Equity.”
“What happened to MLK’s “judge a man by his character not the color of his skin”. Should we not be choosing people by competence and ability, not what ethnicity they are from.”
“Sounds like our government is going to implode.”
“”The Executive Order instructs agencies to focus their civil rights authorities and offices on emerging threats, such as algorithmic discrimination in automated technology.” I’ve said before that Democrats are a fusion of communists, fascists, and lunatics. See, I was right.”
“Biden’s executive order should be called the “Dumbing down of America”. People should occupy positions because of their qualifications regardless of race, creed or religion as long as their allegiance is to the U.S.Equity is the opposite of equality.
“Equality is all people being treated fairly and the same as individuals. Equity is the government holding some arbitrarily created groups back while giving others a government mandated artificial advantage. Biden and the DNC are the anti-MLK.”
“Affirmative action IS systematic/institutional discrimination.”
“”Diversity” is a fraudulent term. Its 100% skin color/gender quotas- which is unconstitutional. Start filing class action lawsuits against organizations that promote ‘diversity’.”
“Equity, defined by Democrats: Taking things from the people that earned them and giving them to people that don’t deserve them.”
‘Biden’s chief advisor has always been his Pander Panda. “Equity” = lowering standards (and motivation) until the best qualified produce no more than the least.”
“Air Force One should be not only modified by an “underserved” community, but all of the maintenance on it should be contracted out to the lowest-bidding minority-owned company.”
“You notice it doesn’t say anything here about quality of work or ability to do the job. Maybe they can give the contract for our next aircraft carrier to a disadvantaged company.”
“More socialism…..just what this country needs. Give these politicians a history lesson. No country that embraced socialism survived…..not a single one.”
“This executive order is disgraceful and opposite the ideals our founding fathers created in the Constitution. Seems to me that he has once again betrayed his sworn oath to defend our Constitution. For sure, there will be no goals, no accountability, no measure of progress or success. The only things we can be sure of is that there will be more wasted spending of taxpayer money by incompetent, bloated bureaucrats. Its just Joe’s latest hamster-wheel program.”
“Xi Jinping is very proud of Brandon tonight.”
“How about an executive order to do their jobs?”
“Equity = Socialism”
“What’s the end game here? To bring back segregation? Divide us all up and divy our resources? Really. You going to start giving white people chances at employment, promotions, free tuition and scholarships, tutoring – all based on skin color now? Or do you want to pick and chose what you say is equitable? So are you going to equitably disperse work and creativity? Sports and math? Stress and relaxation? I want to see that. Equal stress and relaxation between all races and sexes. Yah ok.”
“Equity is the new affirmative action. We all know how well that worked.”
“He needs to divide the people. We are not black brown or white, WE ARE AMERICANS!”
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