President Trump has issued an executive order disallowing training in the federal workplace that contains “offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating.”
The order, which expands on a recent OMB memo to the same effect, objects to training held recently in some federal facilities that it said is “grounded in hierarchies based on collective social and political identities rather than in the inherent and equal dignity of every person as an individual.”
“This ideology is rooted in 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; and that racial and sexual identities are more important than our common status as human beings and Americans,” it says.
It says that while training of federal employees “to create an inclusive workplace is appropriate and beneficial . . . instructing federal employees that treating individuals on the basis of individual merit is racist or sexist directly undermines our merit system principles and impairs the efficiency of the federal service.”
The order bars agencies from conducting on their own, or contracting for, training that promotes a list of “divisive concepts” or “any other form of race or sex stereotyping or any other form of race or sex scapegoating.” Each agency is to issue an order to that effect, to be reviewed by the pertinent IG.
Further, under the order and OMB memo M-20-37, OPM and OMB are to review all agency training programs in advance for compliance with the order and OPM is to issue rules stating that agencies are to take disciplinary action—under policies that provide penalties up to firing—against any official who authorizes or approves training that does not comply.
Full EO text here:
Executive Order Bans ‘Anti-American’ Training in Federal Workplace