Federal Government Council on Diversity Established

March 11, 2015 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

imagesWith all the efforts that have been made to improve racial inequality over the last several decades, it seems lately that we were just spinning our wheels. News reports recently from Ferguson, Mo., and the University of Oklahoma show that interracial harmony in many places is still a long way away. If our founding fathers said that all men were created equal, sometimes you have to wonder if that were really true.

At least the federal government is taking steps to improve racial, as well as gender, inequality as part of a recent initiative. Last week, the heads of the White House Personnel Office, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Personnel Management and the Equal Opportunity Commission signed a memorandum establishing the Diversity and Inclusion in Government Council.

Executive Order 13583, Establishing a Coordinated Governmentwide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce, directed executive departments and agencies to develop and implement a comprehensive, integrated and strategic focus on diversity and inclusion. It required executive departments and agencies to identify, adopt and integrate best practices that promote governmentwide diversity and remove barriers to equal employment opportunity consistent with merit system principles and applicable law.

The Diversity and Inclusion in Government Council will provide a forum for improving senior leadership engagement and collaboration on strategic and operational diversity and inclusion priorities. It will serve as an advisory body to OPM, OMB and EEOC with a focus on governmentwide policies and practices related to recruiting, hiring, promoting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. The council’s members will consist of representatives from each of the Chief Human Capital Officers Act of 2002 executive departments and agencies. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta will initially serve as the chair. The first meeting of the council will be in April.

This council is a bright idea. It’s too bad the rest of the country isn’t as forward-thinking about diversity. I suppose we should take our victories where we can get them.

What is your reaction to this new council on diversity? Let us know.



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