President Biden Issues Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce
On June 25, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal workforce. In the Executive Order, the President reaffirmed that "the United States is at its strongest when our Nation’s public servants reflect the full diversity of the American people."
A key focus of the Order was the expansion of Federal employment opportunities for individuals who were formerly incarcerated. The Order asserts that individuals with prior convictions experience must be supported in accessing employment as they fully re-enter society and that the Federal government has an important role to play in supporting these individuals in fully reintegrating into society and making meaningful contributions to our country.
The Executive Order directs the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to assess the barriers that formerly incarcerated individuals face when seeking Federal jobs and to consider creating new Hiring Authorities to expand job opportunities for individuals with past convictions.