News After pressure from nonprofits, Biden revokes Trump’s executive order to hinder diversity and inclusion

Thanks to the more than 100 Council members who got behind our efforts a few months ago to urge the Trump administration to withdraw  Executive Order 13950, Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.

It has been revoked by President Biden, several weeks after a federal judge blocked it from being enacted by the Trump administration.

Last November, the Council, along with the  Association for Behavioral Healthcare, Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, the Children’s League of Massachusetts
and the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps), co-authored a letter nothing that the community-based human services sector in Massachusetts includes many federal subcontractors covered under this executive order.

The Council and the other organizations believed the Executive Order creates confusion and uncertainty, would lead to non-meritorious investigations, and would hinder the ability of employers to implement critical programs to promote diversity and combat discrimination in the workplace.  Read the letter here.

In the final days of the Trump administration, the EO was the subject  of a nationwide injunction blocking the government from enforcing that executive order. The judge ruled that it would violate people’s constitutional right to free speech and was too vague. The ruling prevented the DOL from enforcing the order for any government contractors or grant recipients.

The Trump administration did not appeal the judge’s ruling, and shortly after taking office President Biden revoked the order permanently.

Biden then called for an equity assessment to be conducted by federal agencies, including,  but is not limited to, findings regarding potential barriers that underserved communities and individuals may face in taking advantage of agency procurement and contracting opportunities within the next 200 days.

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