Agencies must follow nondiscrimination laws in all federal education and training programs, under an executive order issued Tuesday by President Clinton.
Executive Order 13160 aims to ensure that agencies do not discriminate in training and education programs on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation or parental status.
"The federal government must hold itself to at least the same principles of nondiscrimination in educational opportunities as it applies to the education programs and activities of state and local governments, and to private institutions receiving federal financial assistance," said the order.
The order applies to all federally conducted training, including training for industry, occupational training and student internships.
The order does not apply to members of the armed forces, military education or training programs, or authorized intelligence activities. These groups will continue to be covered by Defense Department regulations barring discrimination. The order directs DoD to expand existing regulations to cover any civilians who aren't already protected.