January 20, 2021

One and Done: President Biden Revokes EO 13950

On Day One and just hours after his inauguration, President Biden signed a dozen or more Executive Orders (EO) including one to revoke EO 13950 (see Sec. 10), “Combatting Race and Sex Discrimination.” President Trump issued EO 13950 in September. It prohibited covered federal contractors from engaging in race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating, including in their employee training programs.

For example, contractors were prohibited from engaging in scapegoating defined as “assigning fault, blame, or bias to a race or sex, or to members of a race or sex, because of their race or sex.” The order also prohibited stereotyping defined as “ascribing character traits, values, moral and ethical codes, privileges, status, or beliefs to an entire race or sex, or to individuals because of their race or sex.”

The order was blocked by a U.S. District Court effective December 22, 2020. President Biden’s revocation now puts the order to rest. It is done and no longer in effect.

As of this writing (1/21/21), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has not yet updated its webpage. Click here for more information.