President Biden started his presidency by signing new executive orders and revoking those that perpetuated systemic racism and discrimination at the federal level on January 20, 2021.
President Biden will end the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission, which released a report on Monday that historians said distorted the role of slavery in the United States, among other history.
The President has also revoked Mr. Trump’s executive order limiting the ability of federal agencies, contractors and other institutions to hold diversity and inclusion training. Biden designated Susan E. Rice, who is the head of his Domestic Policy Council, as the leader of a “robust, interagency” effort requiring all federal agencies to make “rooting out systemic racism” central to their work.
His order directs the agencies to review and report on equity in their ranks within 200 days, including a plan on how to remove barriers to opportunities in policies and programs. The order also moves to ensure that Americans of all backgrounds have equal access to federal government resources, benefits and services. It starts a data working group as well as the study of new methods to measure and assess federal equity.
Another of his executive order reinforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to require that the federal government does not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a policy that reverses action by Mr. Trump’s administration.
Detailed information about these executive orders can be found at Racial equity at the Federal Government – Presidential Action Exec. Order