Racial and gender discrimination is illegal, but that isn’t stopping the federal government from pushing racial and gender quotas not just for federal employees, but for everybody else.
Here’s something to think about: It’s against federal law for any private employer to make a hiring or promotion decision on the basis of either race or gender. But it’s not against the law for the federal government to do so. In fact, the reality of the federal workplace is that political appointees and career civil servants do it routinely in hiring new government employees. And if a group of federal departments and agencies have their way with a new regulation they’ve proposed, it will soon be routine among private employers as well.
The proposed rule is officially described in the Federal Register, where it was published Oct. 25, as the “Proposed Interagency Policy Statement Establishing Joint Standards for Assessing the Diversity Policies and Practices of Entities Regulated by the Agencies and Request for Comment.” Translated from the bureaucratese, that means, “Here comes yet another mandate from Washington telling private businesses to do what we tell them to do, not what we tell them not to do.” By the way, “proposed” is in the rule’s title mostly as a formality because there can be no doubt that this regulatory mandate will soon add hundreds more pages to the 165,000 already there in the code of federal regulations. (Read More)
The rule mandates that the FDIC, Federal Reserve, Treasury and many more agencies each create an “Office of Minority and Women Inclusion,” even though they already have offices in “Civil Rights and Diversity.” Basically, race and gender-based hiring are going to become mandatory, as opposed to merit, skills and experience. Lovely.