The White House Gender Policy Council, established under a Biden administration executive order earlier this year, has issued a strategy document on gender equity and equality that includes federal workforce issues.
Says the document in pertinent part:
“Fulfilling our commitment to gender equity and equality starts with ensuring that the federal government is as a model employer on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. In line with the Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce, we will strengthen our ability to recruit, hire, develop, promote, and retain a diverse group of people in our workforce while removing barriers to equal opportunity, creating respectful workplaces, and ensuring that women’s voices are heard, including through the advocacy of a union if they choose.
“To advance gender parity and diversity in leadership roles, we will continue to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in federal appointments, including Cabinet positions, judicial appointments, Ambassadorships, military appointments, and other senior posts. We will also identify strategies to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in leadership positions across the federal workforce—including federal contractors and locally employed staff across the globe—with a focus on recruitment, hiring, promotion, retention, professional development and mentorship, pay and compensation policies, discipline policies, and other mechanisms. Furthermore, we will examine opportunities for women in nontraditional occupations, including in science and technology, law enforcement, security, and intelligence.
“Priorities include advancing pay equity and transparency to ensure all federal employees are fairly compensated for their work and talents. We will also address workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, with a government-wide, comprehensive plan to prevent, respond to, and investigate harassment, including by amplifying training, education, and monitoring to create a culture that does not tolerate harassment or other forms of discrimination. Furthermore, we will increase effective resources for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility training throughout the federal workforce.