Ron House, the president of John A. Logan College, did not respond to a request for comment.
The reaction has been driven, in part, by the severity of the penalties. Violation of the executive order by contractors carries the risk of debarment or blacklisting from government contracts, which could put some companies out of business.
The Labor Department has already rolled out a hotline for tips about noncompliance. The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will also require that federal contractors and subcontractors send in for review the content of diversity and inclusion training programs as well as their duration and expense.
Legal experts say they have never seen such demands. The executive order’s definition of “divisive concepts” is exceedingly broad, and the meaning of “scapegoating,” which is banned in the order, makes little sense, said Scott Hommer, the co-chairman of the
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You hear it everywhere right now — the conversation about diversity, inclusion and equity seems to be taking place in business meetings, personal interactions and all over the news. However, it seems to me like we have had these discussions before, and inevitably we moved on to talk about other things without ever taking action.
The desired change, the necessary progress that we all say that we support, hasn’t happened yet or at least not enough. In the past, we spoke about a lack of women on boards and panels, and there has been an improvement in female representation over the years. That’s a start. It demonstrates that change can happen when we come together and commit to it. Insist on it.
A memo written on Monday by Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought directs heads of federal departments and agencies to take “immediate and substantive action” to implement an executive order by President Donald Trump putting an end to diversity and race-related trainings.
The memo leaked to Insider warns of penalties for officials who don’t abide by the president’s orders to end the trainings, which the White House has described as “divisive.”
Trump signed an executive order on September 22 that blasted several government diversity training programs as “malign ideology” from the “fringes of American society.”
The directives come on the heels of protests against racial injustice across the country that have continued for months and prompted a reckoning with the treatment of Black people and other racial minorities.
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Federal officials could be penalized if their agencies and departments don’t take “immediate
Tech groups slam Trump’s diversity training executive order
By Adam Mazmanian
Oct 09, 2020
Several leading technology trade associations are pressing the Trump administration to rescind an executive order that, along with subsequent memos and guidance, has put diversity and inclusion training at federal agencies on pause.
The executive order, issued on Sept. 22, looks to purge diversity training curricula of concepts that Trump administration says communicate the “pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country; that some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors…”
The order extends to companies doing business with the government. “Federal contractors will not be permitted to inculcate such views in their employees,” the order states.
The Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued guidance Oct. 7 explaining the scope, reach and timing of the order with regard to contractors.
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The Black Lives matter protests and the ongoing pandemic have led to louder and more effective calls for racial and ethnic equality in the US. The demand for action has spilled into the business world, where leaders across industries are starting to push for change and actionable reform.
A White House directive issued last month that prohibits federal agencies, companies with federal contracts, and recipients of federal grants from participating in training that “promotes race or sex-stereotyping or scapegoating” has prompted confusion and pushback from employers. In the presidential debate last week, President Trump said he signed the order because “they were teaching people that our country is a horrible place, it’s a racist place. And they were teaching people to hate our country. And I’m not gonna allow that to happen.”
1. The order could affect many major U.S. companies, universities and hospitals.
Companies that have federal contracts, and universities and hospitals that receive federal grants are among those that could be affected.
2. Some companies are pausing programs.
Some companies are putting diversity training on pause, while several federal agencies have canceled scheduled events as they try to understand the directive. Trade groups representing