New EO from Obama to push diversity in the federal workforce

posted at 6:10 pm on August 18, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The president won’t present a jobs plan until September (as Ed says, he’ll be working on that while on “vacation” in Martha’s Vineyard), but he today issued an executive order to tackle another top national priority: increasing diversity in the federal workforce.

Like all EOs, the order out-and-out accomplishes little: It merely establishes a “coordinated government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce.”

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 Opportunity Commission.

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. The plans must reflect initiatives on a number of issues, including recruitment, training and promotion.

In other words, the EO demands plans — first a government-wide plan from the council of deputy agency chiefs, then agency-specific plans. Funny how Obama would like to see ideas to increase diversity on paper, but seems to think a speech will suffice for ideas to address the debt, deficit and job creation.

This order represents the highest-profile response to concerns about a lack of diversity in the federal workforce — and, as such, tells us something about Obama’s priorities at the moment. In fact, that seems to be the entire point of the order — to demonstrate that Obama has not forgotten his commitment to this all-important cause (sarcmark) (interesting, given the Congressional Black Caucus’ disappointment with the president’s lack of attention to the fact that unemployment has hit some minorities particularly hard). John Berry, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the order ensures efforts to increase diversity won’t fall by the wayside.

The emphasis on diversity-for-diversity’s-sake has always perplexed me. The EO repeatedly states the new diversity-improvement plans must be “consistent with merit-based principles,” but a system to explicitly increase diversity cannot possibly be a system to reward merit and only merit, unless it’s true that various markers of diversity add to an individual’s ability to perform a given job well. Based on the executive order, the president seems to think this.

“Our Nation derives strength from the diversity of its population and from its commitment to equal opportunity for all.  We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of our society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are brought to bear to overcome our greatest challenges,” the executive order states. “To realize more fully the goal of using the talents of all segments of society, the Federal Government must continue to challenge itself to enhance its ability to recruit, hire, promote, and retain a more diverse workforce.”

Certainly, I can think of any number of tasks that would be best tackled with a team made up of people from all different backgrounds — but I can also think of tasks in which it doesn’t matter whether the person who performs it hails from one part of the country or another, comes from one race or another, operates from one political ideology or another, etc., etc., etc. Mail delivery, for example, requires only that the carrier be efficient.

This order is extraneous and distracting from what should be the government’s role: providing certain basic services that cannot otherwise be provided (like national defense!) as efficiently and effectively as possible.

 


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Great. More white males in the unemployment line. No one gives a s#it about them.

BierManVA on August 18, 2011 at 6:13 PM

let’s start with MSNBC!!! oh wait, they did get sharpton di’int they?

ted c on August 18, 2011 at 6:13 PM

What?

Do they want more members of the Muslim Brotherhood involved?

CPT. Charles on August 18, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Whites to the back of the bus even if only they can drive it

not only does the government wreak of inefficient, they double down by making race a criteria instead of ability

but then reality might be tough to swallow

Sonosam on August 18, 2011 at 6:15 PM

When Kennedy was President he went out of his way to demonstrate he wasn’t doing anything to favor Catholics. With Obama and Holder, it’s all about race.

bw222 on August 18, 2011 at 6:16 PM

The emphasis on diversity-for-diversity’s-sake has always perplexed me

it’s perplexing because diversity isn’t what is going on. It’s promoting of otherwise unqualified individuals for the sake of saying that the organization is now diverse, to the detriment of the mission. When you promote on diversity, you fail to promote on competence. If you promote on competence, you just may achieve diversity through that, if not, oh well.

ted c on August 18, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Does this diversity program include conservatives who are underrepresented in government?

michaelo on August 18, 2011 at 6:17 PM

“He got the message from our people” — Maxine Waters

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

We just saw the pirate exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science about the Whydah shipwreck. My son remarked to me how amazing it was that the first really democratic and color-blind society was that of the pirates. They didn’t care what color your skin was or what your status was (rich, poor, slave, free, etc.), they only cared about how well you did your job on the ship. They also shared all of the booty equally, going so far as to chop up valuable jewelry in order to share. If you did your job, you got your share. If you didn’t do your share, you were beaten or thrown overboard.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if modern society had the same values?

Common Sense on August 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Intentionally provocative. Race baiting all in is what they got left.

the_nile on August 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

I hope I have the chance, not to save bongos life

just walk away

content

Sonosam on August 18, 2011 at 6:19 PM

ted c on August 18, 2011 at 6:16 PM

^^^This^^^

“Diversity” is what got us Eric Holder, an incompetent, race-obsessed traitor. And Van Jones, a race-obsessed communist.

Oh, and it got us Osama Obama.

Yay!

MrScribbler on August 18, 2011 at 6:19 PM


According to the OPM, minorities represented 38.8 percent of the federal workforce last year, while 43.9 percent of the federal workforce was female.

And I would add that 100% are democrat party operatives. So…is Barry proposing affirmative action for white, male conservatives in the federal government? Cool!

Rational Thought on August 18, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Looks like the bamster just threw Maxine a bone.

ndanielson on August 18, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Are there any white males that work for the govt now? Jeez, if there is one area of the workforce that is “diverse” it’s the govt. Try finding one white male working in any of the federal bureaucracy (other than military).

angryed on August 18, 2011 at 6:20 PM

“He got the message from our people” — Maxine Waters

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Beat me to it…sort of.

I was going to say it’s all about Holder’s “peeps.”

GrannyDee on August 18, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Full circle…

It was a EO to make it segregated and a EO to make it interrogated. Oh and both done by the same party 100 years apart and both democrats.

tjexcite on August 18, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Herman Cain, et al., need not apply.

Christien on August 18, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Intentionally provocative. Race baiting all in is what they got left.

the_nile on August 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Nope, they are pulling out the class warfare card more, and more everyday.

ndanielson on August 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM

They just screwed YT in Chicago with the FD

apparently command of the English language isn’t important when testing gor the force

nope

eff bongo

I hate this mothereffer

Sonosam on August 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Herman Cain, et al., need not apply.

Christien on August 18, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Bravo! +1,000.

GrannyDee on August 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Great. Just what we need. More uhh-firmative action drones replacing more actual workers. At this rate Indian peasants are going to look competent!

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM

We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of our society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are brought to bear to overcome our greatest challenges,”

Really Barry? We certainly can’t prove that by you, can we? You were our first “diversity hire” in the office of the president, and you’ve been a disaster that this nation will be lucky to survive.

AZCoyote on August 18, 2011 at 6:23 PM

They have a logo for that…Captain EO.

WashJeff on August 18, 2011 at 6:23 PM

You know

I noticed there aren’t enough whites, if any, participating in the flash mobs

Sonosam on August 18, 2011 at 6:24 PM

There Maxine, I got some of the brothas on the tit. Happy now??

BigWyo on August 18, 2011 at 6:25 PM

In other words: Whitey is evil.

Opposite Day on August 18, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Nope, they are pulling out the class warfare card more, and more everyday.

ndanielson on August 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Ok , that too.

the_nile on August 18, 2011 at 6:27 PM

My God, last time I went to ANY gubmint office it was ALL minorities already…..does this mean they will start hiring White Males????

SDarchitect on August 18, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Funny how Obama would like to see ideas to increase diversity on paper, but seems to think a speech will suffice for ideas to address the debt, deficit and job creation.

That there is some grade A snark, Tina.

Eeexxelleennnntttt.

trigon on August 18, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Has anyone been in a federal building and seen the diversity on display? They might have to hire more whites to comply with this EO.

Howcome on August 18, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Are we going to be able to tell the difference between generational welfare employees and the current employees at our federal facilities?

DanMan on August 18, 2011 at 6:31 PM

MLK must be spinning like a lathe in his grave-judge us based on the content of our character, not the color of our skin!

rjoco1 on August 18, 2011 at 6:31 PM

“I have a scheme, that one day my children will be hired on the color of their skin, not the content of their CV.”

~Dr. Moron Luther King

Christien on August 18, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Ultimately bongo the prez is admitting that whites are superior

other races(not all ,the ones with pride don’t) welcome unfair advantages since they must know deep down they are inferior

think about it

Sonosam on August 18, 2011 at 6:33 PM

I think I’m going to have to take a break from Hot Air for awhile. Since it’s one of my 2 main sources of political coverage, and it’s so chock-full of enraging stuff lately(with no ameliorating presentation to help keep it at arm’s length), I truly feel that it’s detrimental to my health.

See you guys on the flip side.

disa on August 18, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Blacks are way over represented in the federal government, so who exactly is suppose to benefit from this “diversity” push?

ninjapirate on August 18, 2011 at 6:35 PM

And this is how you weaken a country

don’t hire the best

coddle the worst

and make the best pay for it

Sonosam on August 18, 2011 at 6:36 PM

One of the next executive orders coming out of the pipe will be to convert all interstate mile markers to metric. I can feel it.

curved space on August 18, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Yes! Because with 9.1% unemployment, diversity is EXACTLY what we need right now!!

How is this for diversity; give the unemployed some employment!

carbon_footprint on August 18, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Looks like Maxine Waters got her wish!

GarandFan on August 18, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Yes! Because with 9.1% unemployment, diversity is EXACTLY what we need right now!!

How is this for diversity; give the unemployed some employment!

carbon_footprint on August 18, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Well couple this with the new order today to stop deportations of “undocumented” workers I guess there is a new pool of potential Federal workers…..

sandee on August 18, 2011 at 6:39 PM

It has to be racism that blacks ALWAYS at least double the unemployment rate

good job lefties

Sonosam on August 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Let’s dictate the colors of the deck chairs on the Titanic as it sinks. Jeez. What an idiot.

Paul-Cincy on August 18, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Why highest the best and brightest. Diversity trumps competency, doesn’t it, Scooter?

C’mon January 2013.

kingsjester on August 18, 2011 at 6:43 PM

I was raised to be a Lib in a far-Left ‘burb of Chicago. Like most other kids in this country we were taught in school about MLK and to judge a person on the “content of their character,” not the color of their skin.

Yet it really bothered me that the Left would continuously do the exact opposite. Judging by their actions, the Left primarily judge people by the color of their skin, not their character. To the Left, if you have a certain skin color you are supposed to act and think a certain way. All of the racialists, civil-rights industry types, and ethnocentric separatist/grievance groups are all on the Left.

Once I understood all this, and it took many years, I started investigating what conservatives were all about on my own. Then I learned that I have been a conservative my whole life, I just didn’t know it. I choose to judge people by the content of their character, and I actually care about helping the poor and less fortunate by advocating for what actually works in real life.

visions on August 18, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Rick Perry is hated in his home state GOP.

PPP Flashback: Ron Paul leads Obama by +5 in Texas. Pery trails Obama by -2

Spathi on August 18, 2011 at 6:43 PM

The root word of “diversity” is “divide”.

The whole point of “diversity” programs is to divide us by focusing on our differences, rather than focusing on working together for our common interest.

ZenDraken on August 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

ninjapirate on August 18, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Black will not be asked to get back, Brown can stick around, the Red Man get ahead, man!

Christien on August 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

higher, not highest. Sheesh.

kingsjester on August 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Looks like Maxine Waters got her wish!

I think your exactly right… this is done to placate her… but there’s limits to what more they can achieve… all these agencies already have quotas and diversity programs…

http://www.adversity.net/fed_stats/OPM2007/001_blacksFY2006.htm

ninjapirate on August 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

For ten percent of the population blacks represent 40 50% of the prison population

racism

good job lefties

Sonosam on August 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Yes a more diverse, bigger bureaucratic mess.

vcferlita on August 18, 2011 at 6:46 PM

OJesus you rule and reign over us!

Praise be unto his righteousness his orders shall not be questioned.

Go back your pitiful lives Hobbits.

PappyD61 on August 18, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Pivot!! To jobs!!

PetecminMd on August 18, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Ultimately bongo the prez is admitting that whites are superior

Sonosam on August 18, 2011 at 6:33 PM

I disagree. I think 0 himself feels inferior, waaaaaay deep down in his innermost subconscious. Hence the narcissism.

ZenDraken on August 18, 2011 at 6:47 PM

For ten percent of the population blacks represent 40 50% of the prison population

racism

good job lefties

Sonosam on August 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Yeah but that’s all our fault too. What, you didn’t get the memo?

Tim Zank on August 18, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Rick Perry is hated in his home state GOP.

PPP Flashback: Ron Paul leads Obama by +5 in Texas. Pery trails Obama by -2

Spathi on August 18, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Quit spamming a NON-PERRY thread you Paulbot.

carbon_footprint on August 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Hell, most of the federal workers can’t speak English. Why do we need more no speka da English.

tarpon on August 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I want more white running backs in the NFL

Wonder what happens to the product.

Possibly more Jewish centers in the NBA

Sonosam on August 18, 2011 at 6:51 PM

The root word of “diversity” is “divide”.

The whole point of “diversity” programs is to divide us by focusing on our differences, rather than focusing on working together for our common interest.

ZenDraken on August 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

That’s the real agenda.

the_nile on August 18, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Hey

remember when the NYC cabbies were catching hell for not hiving rides to their killers, I mean blacks

they were called racist gor acting on the truth to secure their welfare

blacks really need to break the latest chains they wear and it would be a good start to abandon the commie party

Sonosam on August 18, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Why is Rick Perry -7 to Ron Paul in Texas in that PPP poll.

Texas dislikes its governor.

Spathi on August 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Are there any white males that work for the govt now?
angryed on August 18, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Come to my post office and you’d be asking are there any Americans who speak English that work for the government. It’s rare you even see a black worker there. They’re all Indians and Vietnamese who you can’t even understand. If I had wanted to live in India or Laos I would have moved there. No wonder everyone moves to Austin. It’s still a bastion of non-diversity.

TxAnn56 on August 18, 2011 at 6:58 PM

R A C I S T !

hillbillyjim on August 18, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Why is Rick Perry -7 to Ron Paul in Texas in that PPP poll.

Texas dislikes its governor.

Spathi on August 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Give it up spazi….please stay on point or stick with the Alex Jones website, mmmkay?

Tim Zank on August 18, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Did Jugears get some bad focus group returns or poll internals unexpectedly?

Hmmmm.

hillbillyjim on August 18, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Well couple this with the new order today to stop deportations of “undocumented” workers I guess there is a new pool of potential Federal workers…..

sandee on August 18, 2011 at 6:39 PM

That, to me, is the far more dangerous move. Get ready for a general Amnesty soon.

OldEnglish on August 18, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Texas dislikes its governor.

Spathi on August 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Which is exactly why he has 11 years, 3 terms as Governor of Texas.
We dislike him so much, we just keep voting him back in! Thinking he will turn things around and we will like him.

carbon_footprint on August 18, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Wait, is he trying to say the federal workforce isn’t diversified? The OMB information doesn’t seem to indicate this.

BKeyser on August 18, 2011 at 7:07 PM

That, to me, is the far more dangerous move. Get ready for a general Amnesty soon.

OldEnglish on August 18, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Which would mean get ready for a permanent Democratic majority.

TxAnn56 on August 18, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Give it up spazi….please stay on point or stick with the Alex Jones website, mmmkay?

Tim Zank on August 18, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Did you notice that Spathi is an anagram for shit Pa?

hillbillyjim on August 18, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Wait, is he trying to say the federal workforce isn’t diversified? The OMB information doesn’t seem to indicate this.

BKeyser on August 18, 2011 at 7:07 PM

It doesn’t matter. The ONLY reason for this EO; he watched the Maxine Waters video yesterday.

carbon_footprint on August 18, 2011 at 7:08 PM

The man is race-obsessed!

EasyEight on August 18, 2011 at 7:26 PM

When you hear the word “diversity” from the government, as when you hear the phrase “affirmative action” think anti-white racial discrimination. That’s exactly what it means and that’s all it really means and all the rest, like “merit-based principles”, is just for tonal effects. It’s a sort of dark pigmentation reward.

What’s odd is that blacks for decades have been significantly overrepresented in the governmental work forces. Government agencies are the single largest employer of black men and the second most common employer of black women, especially in places like the EEOC, possibly the biggest racial discriminator (against whites) of all.

This EO id just your usual unconstitutional anti-white discrimination to keep 95% of the black vote, made possible, as always, by sappy bleeding heart white liberals (especially federal judges), who, like the poor, will always be with us.

Chessplayer on August 18, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Down with white folks!

mobydutch on August 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Wow, just wow. I can’t remember the last time I saw a white male in a government office. I hope this diversity works.

karenhasfreedom on August 18, 2011 at 7:32 PM

I’m sure all of these white men are so glad that they voted for the nation’s first Halfrican president.

Rambotito on August 18, 2011 at 7:33 PM

when diverse perspectives are brought to bear to overcome our greatest challenges,”

When your network server goes down the only thing important is can the tech get it back on line. Their skin color and gender aren’t relevant. Get a clue very little government work requires diverse perspectives to accomplish.

chemman on August 18, 2011 at 7:38 PM

I wonder if we’ll see some discrimination law suits brought by those more qualified who are not hired.

I mean, they’re always giving you the EEOC bit about not discriminating because of race, etc. I don’t see how an EO can trump the law.

INC on August 18, 2011 at 7:39 PM

This is soo stupid on so many levels it is hard to know where to start. So, let’s start at the top. EVERY government department ALREADY has minority hiring policies. These policies were implemented DECADES ago. These policies extend to government contracts and have been included in those contracts for decades.

This executive order is actually MEANINGLESS!

Freddy on August 18, 2011 at 7:40 PM

And the score is

Content of Character: 0

Color of Skin: 1,000,000,000

Naturally Curly on August 18, 2011 at 7:41 PM

OT: The C4P site via Mobile is apparently down or under hack attack.

For the last hour this is what Google takes you to.

http://sokoloperkovuskeci.com/in.php?g=354

PappyD61 on August 18, 2011 at 7:41 PM

PappyD61 on August 18, 2011 at 7:41 PM

C4P is a porno site. You have to go to Conservatives4Palin.com

Naturally Curly on August 18, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Obama orders end of illegal aliens’ deportations.

Punish him into hell.

Schadenfreude on August 18, 2011 at 7:46 PM

President Payback???

BigWyo on August 18, 2011 at 7:48 PM

I wonder how diversity is working out on the georgetown hoyas bball team…?

ted c on August 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM

This is notably coming from a guy who thinks that ATMs are the devil’s work and should be shut down to increase employment in banks. He is all about improving efficiency and effectiveness and this EO is just the latest evidence of that. What could go wrong?

Also makes you wonder if he read about the SCOTUS ruling in the New Haven firefighters’ anti-discrimination lawsuit? Him being a Constitutional law expert and all.

in_awe on August 18, 2011 at 8:10 PM

1/3rd of all blacks who have jobs are employed by government. Blacks tend to be much less educated and much more criminal than whites, so how much more diversity can we afford? There is a reason for an incompetent gov’t, incompetent people in it.

Spartacus on August 18, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Did you notice that Spathi is an anagram for shit Pa?

hillbillyjim on August 18, 2011 at 7:08 PM

It’s also Greek slang for phallus.

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2011 at 8:21 PM

And just a few years ago I remember that the stats came out that showed the federal workforce represented very well the percentage of minorities within the population as a whole… this is only attempt to put a fix in, not actually fix anything.

ajacksonian on August 18, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Our Nation derives strength from the diversity of its population and from its commitment to equal opportunity for all.

These are mutually exclusive goals. You can’t have a program to promote diversity without having unequal opportunity, i.e. discriminating against individuals who are members of a less-favored group or discriminating for favored members. Read Thomas Sowell’s book on affirmative action around the world for real-life cases of economic and social disasters policies like these lead to, all without doing a thing to solve the “problem” of unequal racial and cultural distribution.

Socratease on August 18, 2011 at 8:26 PM

I wonder what would happen in so many state and city type jobs if they pushed this?

CW on August 18, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Blacks are already “overrepresented” in the federal government “work force”, and have been for some time, so this must be at least close to “Whites need not apply”.

Lon Chaney on August 18, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Maybe he’s detected with his super senses the severe dearth of straight white male federal bureaudrones. Yuh. Mm hm. That’s it. Sher.

curved space on August 18, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Laser like focus on jobs social justice

gwelf on August 18, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Really? We need more diversity? According to the GOV’s own numbers, Blacks are over represented while Hispanics are underrepresented. What is really crazy is that some departments and offices are 60% minority!

saltyrover on August 18, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Ok, the link didn’t show

http://www.opm.gov/feddata/demograp/table1mw.pdf

saltyrover on August 18, 2011 at 9:04 PM

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