Diversity is code for fewer white Americans.
President Obama on Thursday issued an executive order requiring government agencies to develop plans for improving federal workforce diversity.
The administration has had diversity on its radar for a while and
last year said it would take steps to build a more varied workforce. In fiscal 2009, according the federal government, white men held more than 61 percent of senior pay-level positions among workers. The long-awaited executive order marks the highest-profile response to what has been a perennial concern.
The details of the initiative have yet to be worked out. Instead of
creating a new administrative body, as did Obama’s 2009 executive order
on veterans’ employment, the diversity initiative will lean on a council
of deputy agency chiefs, along with the Office of Personnel Management,
the Office of Management and Budget, and the Equal Employment
That group will be responsible for creating a government-wide plan
within 90 days. According to the order, after the government-wide plan
is released, each agency must present its own specific plan for
diversity within 120 days.