Priorities: Obama Signs EO Calling for More Diverse Federal Workplace


He won’t release his jobs plan until after vacation, but President Obama wasted no time in signing an executive order calling for more diversity in the federal workplace. Never mind that the federal workforce is already plenty diverse.

The order states that by law, the federal government’s recruitment policies should “endeavor to achieve a workforce from all segments of society” and that “as the nation’s largest employer, the federal government has a special obligation to lead by example.” In that respect, the government could largely declare mission accomplished. A quick look at the demographic breakdown of the federal payroll shows that “diversity” goals have been more than met. According to the Office of Personnel Management, federal employees in fiscal 2010 were 66.2 percent white, 17.7 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian and Pacific Islander and 1.8 percent American Indian. Compared to the general U.S. population, the federal force is a bit too diverse. Blacks are overrepresented by 6.9 percent compared to the civilian work force, Asians and Pacific Islanders by 1.2 percent, and American Indians are more than double their proportion of the population at large. White Americans, who make up about 70 percent of the work force, are underrepresented by around 4 percent. Hispanics are also underrepresented despite the Clinton-era executive order 13171, “Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government.” …

Don’t we have enough problems without him going and finding ones that don’t even exist? This is just another ridiculous distraction from the real issues. It’s a shame they aren’t looking for diversity of ideology rather than skin color.