GovExec Daily: The Problem with the Diversity Training Executive Order

Stan Soloway joins the podcast to discuss how the order conflicts with the government's role in promoting civil rights and inclusion.

In September, President Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially forbidding any diversity and inclusion training sessions at federal agencies and contractors that could be considered “divisive.” Soon thereafter, OMB chief Russ Vought sent a memo to agencies clarifying that swift action should be taken against any trainings that include topics like white privilege and critical race theory, bedrocks of modern inclusion training. ought even set up an email address for people to report any “sightings” of such trainings.

Stan Soloway is president and CEO of Celero Strategies, LLC and a GovExec contributor. He formerly served as deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition reform and director of the Defense Reform Initiative during Bill Clinton’s administration. He has a post headlined “Viewpoint: When an Executive Order Is Racist” on the training order. He joined the show to discuss his piece and the way the administration is rolling out the EO.

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